Palestinian Knife Attacker Shot Dead After Stabbing Two Israelis in Jerusalem

Israeli police on May 24 shot and killed a Palestinian who allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier and civilian in Jerusalem.

In a statement, police said the suspect stabbed a 21-year-old Israeli soldier and a 23-year-old civilian near the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where the eviction of Palestinians from their homes by Israeli forces have become the focus for protests in the country and in other parts of the world.

According to Israeli’s national emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA), the two men were in “severe and moderate condition with stab wounds to their upper body.”

“When we arrived at the scene, we saw two victims, conscious, with stab wounds to their upper bodies. We gave them lifesaving medical treatment. We quickly evacuated them to hospital, one injured severely and one in light condition,” MDA Paramedic Sigalit Mizrachi said.

Palestinian media identified the attacker as a 17-year-old Zuhdi Al-Taweel, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab.

The stabbing came as a ceasefire between Israeli forces and Palestinian militant group Hamas is in effect after 11 days of escalated violence, which has killed nearly 250 Palestinians and 12 Israelis.

On May 24, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, as well as Egyptian capital Cairo and Jordanian capital Amman, for talks with leaders that include stabilizing the ceasefire.

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