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Two wounded, 1 seriously, in terror stabbing near Jerusalem’s Old City

17-year-old Palestinian carries out attack with cleaver near Jaffa Gate, is arrested after brief chase; victims taken to hospital

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Two people were wounded, including one seriously, in a terror stabbing attack on a promenade near Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday afternoon, police and medics said.

According to police, the alleged terrorist, a 17-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, carried out the attack with a cleaver just outside the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City.

The assailant, who attempted to flee the scene, was arrested by officers following a brief chase, police said.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service said a 56-year-old Israeli man was seriously hurt after being stabbed in the upper body and a 17-year-old tourist was slightly hurt after sustaining a superficial stab wound to his abdomen. Another woman in her 50s was treated by medics for acute anxiety.

MDA said it took the seriously wounded man to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in the capital in stable condition.

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Graphic footage showed the terrorist stabbing people with the cleaver on the promenade.

Warning: Graphic content

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The attack came after a Palestinian woman tried to stab a police officer in the Old City on Monday night. Last Wednesday, a Palestinian teenager stabbed and moderately hurt an Israeli man at a light rail station in Jerusalem, before being shot dead by police.

A cleaver used in a stabbing attack near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, September 6, 2023. (Israel Police)

Tensions have remained high across the region, amid a string of Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank that have left 27 civilians and three soldiers dead, and several others seriously wounded since the beginning of the year.