Monday, September 19, 2016

19-Sep-16: Outside Jerusalem's Old City, a Monday morning Arab-on-Israeli terror attack

There continues to be serious violence in the air.

Two officers of the Border Guard service (Mishmar Hagvul in Hebrew) were seriously injured when attacked from behind by a man wielding a knife on the street outside Jerusalem's Old City around 7:00 this (Monday) morning.

Times of Israel says one of the Israeli victims, a female officer of about 38, is in intensive care at Shaarei Zedek Medical Center hospital with stab wounds to the neck. (We have noted before that attacking the neck is standard Arab-on-Israeli practice in the Palestinian Arab terror manual.) She is unconscious and was placed on a respirator.

A second victim, also a Border Guard officer of about 40, has moderate injuries and is hospitalized at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem's Ein Karem quarter with multiple stab wounds to the upper body. He is conscious. It was evidently he who fired his weapon at the terrorist, preventing further mayhem.

Their attacker was shot and is now receiving treatment in a Jerusalem hospital where the latest report is that he's in critical condition. The initial reports we have seen say he is in his early 20s and from the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. In a later Times of Israel report, the knifer is identified as Ayman al-Kurd.

An earlier report from the Jerusalem Post says the attack took place on the road outside two of Jerusalem's medieval gates: Damascus Gate and Herod’s (or Flower) Gate. The Israeli victims were on security patrol. The entire area - and many Jerusalem major roads - were immediately cordoned off, causing traffic chaos and delays throughout the city during Monday morning rush hour.

More shortly about the other terrorist activity of today.

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