A soldier sustained light-moderate wounds Monday when he was stabbed in the throat by an east-Jerusalem resident at a checkpoint near the Shufat neighborhood.
The perpetrator, a 16-year-old from the Palestinian village of Ananta, was detained by police.
The soldier boarded a bus carrying Arab residents at the checkpoint when he was suddenly attack and stabbed in the throat. Luckily, the incident did not endanger his life and he was treated at the scene by a Magen David Adom team.
Scene of stabbing attack (Photo: Guy Asayag)
After receiving initial treatment, the soldier was transferred to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.
An eyewitness said, "I saw the commotion from afar and did not see the stabbing. We managed to see it after the incident. The soldier was not along, so the situation was immediately dealt with. Things did not get out of control; there wasn't much of a mess."
Checkpoints around Jerusalem have not been calm recently, despite the relative quiet in Israel and in the Palestinian territories. A few weeks ago, 23-year-old Walid Tawil from east Jerusalem's Sur Baher neighborhood was shot dead after he failed to heed to soldier's instructions to stop his vehicle.
Some three months ago, Border Guard officers foiled a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, when a Palestinian carrying a 16cm knife was detained at the Ras Khamis checkpoint. In his investigation, the Palestinian said he planned to infiltrate the capital and carry out an attack at the Shufat checkpoint.
Ronen Medzini contributed to this report