Woman fatally stabbed by Palestinian in Jerusalem, authorities say

Apr 15, 2017, 00:56
Woman fatally stabbed by Palestinian in Jerusalem, authorities say

Police at the scene where a young British woman was killed in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, April 14, 2017.

The attack took place inside a carriage of the city's light rail train not far from the entrance to the Old City's Christian Quarter.

Medics from the Magen David Adom ambulance service performed CPR on the woman at the scene before taking her to Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus, where she was eventually pronounced dead, a hospital spokesperson said.

The police have not yet released the victim's name, but she is believed to have been a British student, aged around 25 years old, visiting Jerusalem as a tourist.

An off-duty policeman travelling on the tram is believed to have pulled an emergency brake and then overpowered the attacker with the help of another passenger.

The Israeli authorities had warned that militant groups, particularly Hamas, might try to carry out attacks over the holiday period although they said there was no specific warning ahead of Friday's stabbing.

Two additional people were also wounded in the incident, including a 50-year-old man and a pregnant woman in her 30s, who suffered an injury to her stomach when the light rail made an abrupt stop.

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The Shin Bet domestic security service identified the assailant as 57-year-old Palestinian from Arab East Jerusalem.

A British foreign office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the tragic death of a British national in Jerusalem".

"This is not the first time that a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress has chosen to commit a terrorist attack in order to escape his problems", it said in a statement.

Friday is sometimes a day of heightened tensions in Jerusalem's Old City when tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers come to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

More recently, starting in 2015, is the so-called "Knife Intifada", which has consisted of a large number of high profile stabbings and attempted stabbings by Palestinian terrorists, along with vehicle rammings and shootings.

Palestinian fears that Israel will seek to change those rules have repeatedly led to violence.

Israel has been criticized internationally for being too heavy handed in response to the attacks, which have left almost 50 Israelis and more than 200 Palestinians dead.