Palestinian stabs woman dead on Jerusalem train - Israeli police

14 April, 2017, 16:21 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld said the attack, which took place near Tzahal Square, was carried out by an "Arab terrorist".

"A woman in her early 20s is in critical condition after being stabbed near the New Gate of Jerusalem's Old City", read the statement, which was issued shortly after the alleged attack.

Israeli police Friday detained a mentally disordered Palestinian in his late fifties after he stabbed a British woman onboard of Jerusalem's light rail, leading to her death.

The British Embassy said it was "in touch with local authorities following the stabbing, but could not comment beyond that".

Israel Police have been on high alert during the Passover and Easter holidays.

Israeli police said the victim was a 25-year-old British national, though it was initially unclear whether she also held Israeli citizenship. First reports described him as a 57-year-old east Jerusalem resident suffering from mental health problems.

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Nakhla is the 18th Palestinian to be confirmed killed by Israeli forces this year, and marked the sixth time that Israeli forces fatally shot a Palestinian minor since the beginning of 2017.

Thousands of people filled parts of the ancient city: Jews to celebrate Passover, which ends Sunday, and Christian pilgrims for Good Friday.

Since the beginning of the unrest, Palestinians have killed 41 Israelis and two USA nationals, while Israeli forces and civilians killed at least 241 Palestinians, a Jordanian, and two African asylum seekers, a lot of them alleged attackers, according to Israel.

Israel has accused the Palestinian leadership of inciting the violence.

A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel, Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank since October 2015 has killed 37 Israelis and two American tourists.

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