A 50-year-old man was stabbed to death Sunday evening at a hostel in Jerusalem's Geula neighborhood. Magen David Adom paramedics that were dispatched to the scene failed in their attempts to resuscitate him.
An initial police investigation revealed that the victim, who was staying at the hostel, was stabbed by a 23-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank. The two had reportedly been arguing since morning hours and the dispute boiled over in the evening when the Palestinian, who works at the hostel, allegedly stabbed the Jewish man in the back, chest and abdomen, multiple times.
The suspect, who fled the scene, was apprehended by Border Guard officers operating north of the capital.
Paramedic Guy Gonen told Ynet: "We tried to resuscitate the man for 40 minutes, but failed. There was nothing we could do. There was a substantial amount of blood at the scene – on the walls and floor."
Aharon Eichler of the ZAKA (Disaster Victim Identification) organization assisted in the resuscitation efforts. "At around 9:30 pm we were informed of a scuffle at the hostel. Half-an-hour after our arrival the victim's death was pronounced," he said.
The last murder in Jerusalem occurred some two weeks ago, when Avi Dar stabbed his landlady Tzipora Nahamu to death, apparently over a financial dispute.
Efrat Weiss contributed to the report