Israeli Teen Stabbed in Back Outside Old City’s Damascus Gate

Two Israeli mounted police patrol the area around Damascus Gate outside of the Old City of Jerusalem during the friday prayer, on February 5, 2016. Three men from Qabatiya, near Jenin, attacked police with guns and knives outside Jerusalem's Old City, killing a female officer and wounding another before being …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Following a relative lull in violence outside of the Old City’s Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, an Israeli teenager was stabbed in the back Monday night near the flashpoint area, in what police are deeming a criminal matter, not terrorism.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., police said the unidentified 17-year-old victim was assaulted from behind while walking on Shivtei Yisrael Street by the suspect, who fled the scene. The teen was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics before being transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in light condition.

“The incident was reported to police patrolling the area and an investigation was immediately opened,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld on Tuesday.

“Units in the area searched for the suspect, who fled, and looked into a number of different directions before confirming it was a criminal incident, and not a terrorist attack.”

Rosenfeld added that police are reviewing CCTV surveillance footage taken from the area to identify and arrest the suspect.

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