Two Israelis were wounded, one critically, in a stabbing attack outside Shaar Shechem in the Old City of Yerushalayim Friday morning. Security officials said that the culprit was a 19-year-old Arab from a Palestinian Authority-controlled area who was in Yerushalayim illegally. The victims were a 47-year-old man and an 16-year-old. The terrorist was shot and killed.
Police said that the terrorist attacked the older man near Shaar Shechem, striking him in the neck and and upper body. He was on his way to shacharis when the terrorist attacked him. The culprit then ran into the Old City, eventually reaching Rechov David in the Jewish Quarter.
Once in the Jewish Quarter, the terrorist struck again, stabbing a 16 year old teen who was on his way to yeshiva, family members told Reshet Bet after the attack. The terrorist continued to flee, but was finally cornered by Israeli security officers near the Churva synagogue, where he was shot and killed.
Both victims were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for treatment, with the younger victim suffering from moderate wounds, and the older man in critical condition. Doctors said that his condition improved slightly later Friday, after he underwent emergency surgery.
Police increased their presence in the area in response to the attack, and set up checkpoints around the Old City and Arab neighborhoods. Tens of thousands of Arabs are expected to converge on Har HaBayis Friday, for the last Friday of Ramadan.
All are asked to daven for the refuah sheleimah of Gavriel ben Ines (47) and Yisrael Meir ben Chavah (16).