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Border Police officer stabbed in Jerusalem attack dies

The Border Police officer who was stabbed by a 13-year-old terrorist on a bus in Jerusalem succumbed to his wounds Monday night.

  • He has been identified as Staff Sgt. Asil Sawaed, 22, a resident of the Bedouin village of Hussniyya in the Galilee.
  • The officer was critically wounded when he was stabbed during an inspection of a bus at the Shuafat checkpoint. Shuafat is an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem.
  • The civilian security guard then opened fire at the alleged stabber inside the bus, but accidentally hit the Border Police officer.The alleged stabber, identified as 13-year-old Muhammad Bassel Fathi Zalbani, a resident of the Shuafat Refugee Camp, was detained. He was not hurt by the gunfire.

Medical personnel performed CPR on the victim and evacuated him to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in critical condition, where he later died.

  • United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Nachum Yozvitz, who arrived first at the scene, said: “A young man was critically injured on a bus. When we took him out of the bus together with additional EMTs, he was pulseless and not breathing. We initiated CPR at the scene and he was then transported to the hospital in an intensive care ambulance while undergoing continued resuscitation efforts.”

Medical personnel performed CPR on the victim and evacuated him to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus in critical condition.

The police said that the attacker was a 13-year-old boy who pulled a knife on the officer and stabbed him during an inspection of a bus at the checkpoint. A civilian security guard responded by shooting at the attacker and struck Sawaed.

The attacker was arrested.

  • The attack in which Sgt. Sawaed was murdered was the second terrorist stabbing attack by an Arab teenager in Jerusalem in two hours.

The checkpoint leading to the Shuafat refugee camp was closed while police forces conducted operations in the area, law enforcement officials said.

  • Clashes erupted in the camp as police forces detained the parents and brother of the stabber, police said.

Stones were hurled at the officers, and at one point a car allegedly accelerated toward them, according to police. The officers fired at the car and the driver was wounded. His condition was not immediately clear.

On Monday afternoon, a 17-year-old boy arrived near the Western Wall after he was stabbed at the Chain Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Magen David Adom (MDA) medics and paramedics treated the teenager at the scene, and evacuated him to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in mild to moderate condition.

  • “The wounded man arrived at the tunnel near the Western Wall conscious, with a stabbing wound to his body. He told us that he was stabbed near the Chain Gate and ran towards the Western Wall. We provided medical treatment that included stopping the bleeding and dressing the wound, and evacuated him in light and stable condition for further treatment at the hospital,” said MDA medics Yehuda Zand and Baruch Weissman.
  • The police have determined that it was a terrorist stabbing attack and that the attacker has been arrested. The suspect has been identified as a 14-year-old resident of the Shuafat neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Source: Arutz Sheva