Tuesday, May 10, 2016
10-May-16: Practitioners of "resistance" inflict serious stabbing injuries on two elderly Jerusalem women
The victims, according to Haaretz, are a pair of "elderly women", reported to be "aged in their 70s"who "had gone for a walk in the neighborhood, also known as East Talpiot, on Tuesday morning when they were attacked by two masked individuals." Their injuries would be serious enough for younger, more robust people but they sound quite worrying, knowing what we know of their ages: "One of the women sustained stab wounds to her limbs and upper body, while the other sustained wounds to her upper body." Ynet reports that they described their attackers as two masked Palestinians wearing jeans and black shirts. The two women, described by hospital staff in the Ynet report as aged 86 and 80, were walking with three other friends when they were attacked from behind. This is frequently how "resistance" operations are done, reflecting on the inherent courage required by such acts.
They were rushed by ambulance to Shaarei Zedek Medical Center hospital.
The assailants are reported to have fled the scene in the direction of Jabal Mukaber, just a short stroll away. Click here for some of our previous posts on shootings, stabbings and vehicle-rammings carried out by the people of that jihadist enclave.
Police are carrying out widespread searches, including the throwing up of road blocks in Jerusalem. Haaretz says two suspects have been arrested, but the search goes on for others at this hour (now early Tuesday afternoon).
UPDATE Tuesday May 10, 2016 at 6:00pm The two suspects mentioned in the Haaretz report above have been released, says Times of Israel. Several hours after they were arrested, the Israel Police spokesperson, Luba Samri, issued a statement saying that “after a thorough investigation of the suspects who were arrested in sweeps after the attack, the suspicion of their involvement in the attack was removed and they were released.” Police are continuing to locate and arrest the stabbers.