October 4, 2022

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31-May-19: Al Quds Day kicks off with double-stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City


At least two people were injured, one seriously, in stabbing attacks in Jerusalem’s Old City this morning. Times of Israel reports that the suspected terrorist was shot by police officers at the scene. His condition is not currently known (it’s 7:20 am here). But according to Haaretz, “Israeli police said officers at the scene apprehended the suspect.”

Medics were treating one victim in serious condition, an approximately 50-year-old man, near the Old City’s Damascus Gate, which has seen a number of stabbing attacks in recent years. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said a second man was also lightly wounded near the Hurva Synagogue… [Times of Israel]

From Israel National News:

A man was very seriously wounded in a stabbing attack on Friday morning in an area in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem. The man was stabbed in his upper body and Magen David Adom paramedics are making efforts to save his life. A short time later, reports were received about an 18-year-old who was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in the vicinity of the Hurva Synagogue. An initial investigation into the attack revealed that a terrorist arrived at the Damascus Gate, stabbed a man, and then stabbed another man in the Old City. The attacker was neutralized by police forces… Magen David Adom reported that at 6:31 a.m., a report was received of two men who were stabbed, one near Damscus Gate and the other near the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Post (7:30 am) also believes the two attacks are the work of one knifer:

In a statement, the Israel Police confirmed that the attacker had stabbed on person at Damascus Gate and a second person in the the Old City.

We’re not yet seeing reports stating the obvious – that it’s Al Quds Day:

an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan that was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel… [and] also held in several other countries, mainly in the Arab and Muslim world, with protests against Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem.Rallies are held in various cities by both Muslim and non-Muslim communities around the world.

More coming.

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