Two elderly women hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Two elderly women hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Masked attackers knife victims on walk at popular promenade overlooking city, flee toward East Jerusalem neighborhood; 2 suspects later caught

Rescuers at the site of a stabbing attack that left two elderly women moderately wounded, in Armon Hanatziv in southern Jerusalem, May 10, 2016. (Magen David Adom)

Two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in a suspected terror attack at the Armon Hanatziv promenade in southern Jerusalem, police said Tuesday morning.


Both women were rushed to a local hospital in moderate condition, the Magen David Adom rescue service said.


An MDA spokesperson said the two were in their 80s, and were fully conscious. Police listed their ages in the 70s.


Police said two stabbers, both of whom were masked, fled the scene toward the nearby East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.


A spokesperson later said two suspects were caught, terming the incident a “suspected nationalistic attack.”


The attack occurred in a wooded area below the Armon Hanatziv Tayelet, a southern Jerusalem promenade overlooking the city popular with joggers, walkers and tourists.


The area sits near the seam line between the capital’s eastern and western halves.

The two women were in a group of five walking through the area when they were set upon Tuesday morning, police said.

Police taping off the scene of an attack in southern Jerusalem on May 10, 2016. (Police spokesperson)

Police taping off the scene of an attack in southern Jerusalem on May 10, 2016. (Police spokesperson)

Magen David Adom medic Shlomi Tedgi said the women were found on a path near the promenade.

“In the field near the promenade we saw two elderly women, about 80, lying in the dirt, conscious, with stab wounds,” Tedgi said.

He said one had stab wounds to her upper body and limbs and another had stab wounds on her upper body.

A spokesperson for Shaarei Tzedek hospital, where the two were taken, said they had both been stabbed in the chest and were in stable condition in the trauma ward.

The incident fit the pattern of a wave of stabbing attacks that have wracked the capital since October.

A wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October has left 29 Israelis and four foreigners dead.

Some 200 Palestinians were killed in the same period, most of them as they carried out attacks against Israelis and the remainder in violent protests in the West Bank, according to the IDF.


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