Palestinian terrorist stabs elderly woman in Jerusalem

( A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and injured a 70-year-old woman near Jerusalem's central bus station on Wednesday evening in the latest incident among a string of recent Palestinian terror attacks. Just hours earlier, another Palestinian terrorist was shot dead by an Israeli police after attempting a stabbing attack near Jerusalem’s Old City.

The Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The latest terrorist tried to board a bus, but was shot dead by Border Police, who said that the bus driver was able to allow the wounded woman to board before closing the doors to the terrorist. The victim was treated by paramedics from Magen David Adom and then transported to a hospital.

The terrorist was identified as 23-year-old Ahmed Sha'aban from the Ras el-Amud neighborhood in Jerusalem. He had been released from prison earlier this year after already serving a sentence for terror activity. 

In the earlier incident, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, Border Police identified a suspicious-looking man wearing a military style, camouflaged uniform near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. When police stopped the man to search him, he pulled out a knife and charged the officers. The officers then shot him dead.

“Police reacted immediately and fired at him,” Rosenfeld said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The Palestinian al-Watan news identified the terrorist as Basel Bessam Sidr, 20, from Hebron.

Meanwhile, the Israeli security cabinet on Tuesday voted to allow police to impose closures around Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office said. The security cabinet also authorized calling up 1,400 Border Police reservists. 

Posted on October 14, 2015 .