Boys among suspects in renewed Jerusalem stabbings

2015-11-10 16:26
An Israeli police officer takes a photo of a knife used in an attempted stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. (Ariel Schalit, AP)

An Israeli police officer takes a photo of a knife used in an attempted stabbing attack outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. (Ariel Schalit, AP)

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Jerusalem - Two Palestinian boys aged around 12 and 13 stabbed an Israeli security guard on a light railway train in the East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Zeev on Tuesday, police said.

The guard, moderately injured, shot and seriously injured one, while the second boy was arrested, spokesperson Luba Samri said.

Shortly afterwards, a Palestinian in his late 30s was shot after he ran, knife raised in hand, toward guards standing near the Damascus Gate into the walled Old City of Jerusalem.

The guards opened fire and shot the attacker, who was taken in a critical condition to hospital where he died of his wounds, Samri said. She showed a photograph of the knife.

A Palestinian passerby was also injured in the hand by a stray bullet fired by the guards.

The twin incidents were the first knife attacks in Jerusalem in 11 days and came after Israel had begun removing some of the roadblocks and obstacles it had set up at the entrances to Arab neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem.

The latest violence also came after footage was aired on Palestinian television of the interrogation of 13-year-old Ahmed Manasra from East Jerusalem, who along with his 15-year-old cousin stabbed two Israelis, among them a boy his age, in Pisgat Zeev in October.

The observers warned early on Tuesday that other youths from the same East Jerusalem neighbourhood or nearby might seek to avenge the reportedly harsh treatment of the suspect.

Ahmed Manasra is being potrayed in Palestinian media as a victim, rather than the assailant, to the outrage of Israelis who witnessed the stabbings.

More than 60 Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem and the West Bank since early last month, many of them assailants in the recent wave of violence against Israelis.

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