Elderly Japanese Tourist Injured in Stone-Throwing in Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM -

A 69-year-old tourist from Japan was lightly injured in a stone-throwing incident on Monday in Yerushalayim.

Palestinian youths pelted her tour group from a rooftop near a church they were visiting, and she was hit while praying.

Paramedics took the woman, who suffered light wounds to the head, to the emergency room at Hadassah University Medical Center.

“I’m a tourist in Israel as part of a tour group of Japanese people who love Israel, I was very surprised by the stone-throwing attack,” she said. “At the time [of the attack] I was praying and I didn’t understand what had hit me.”

“I am still happy that I came to Israel and I do not regret it, I will continue the tours and I soon join back with the group after my treatment at Hadassah,” she stated.

Police were searching for the culprits in the Lion’s Gate area, where the incident occurred.

In a separate incident, Border Police officers arrested a Palestinian woman near Abu Dis on Monday after finding a knife in her possession.

The woman was told to stop at the Kiosk checkpoint, and to lower her backpack to the ground. A knife was then found inside.

During initial questioning on the scene, the suspect said she planned to commit an attack against security forces.