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Palestinian Stabbing Spree Claims New Victims


JERUSALEM, Israel – Two female Arab teenagers, aged 16 and 14, used scissors to attack two men at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open air market Monday morning.

Security forces shot and killed one attacker and transported the second in serious condition to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

Paramedics treated a 70-year-old Palestinian from Bethlehem, stabbed in the head, at the scene before transporting him to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

A second man in his 20s, possibly caught in the crossfire from security forces responding to the attack, sustained a gunshot wound to the hand. He was also taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem.

Paramedics treated several shoppers at the market for shock.

A short time later, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian attempting to stab a soldier at the Samaria Junction near Huwara, the IDF Spokesman's Office reported.

A third attack Monday took place at a gas station along a major north-south highway. A Palestinian stabbed two Israelis, killing an 18-year-old man and wounding a 22-year-old woman before Israeli forces at the site shot and killed him. The woman was evacuated the Shaare Zedek Hospital.

Monday morning's attack was the first at the popular Jerusalem market since suicide bombers carried out attacks there during the second intifada (armed Palestinian uprising).

Following the incident, police suspended the light rail, restoring service once the situation was under control.

Meanwhile over the weekend, stabbing, shooting and vehicular terror attacks continued, leaving six dead and as many wounded.

On Monday afternoon, family and friends buried 21-year-old Hadar Buchris from Efrat, fatally stabbed Sunday afternoon at the Gush Etzion Junction. She died shortly after paramedics transported her unconscious to a Beersheva hospital.

Buchris became Israel's 22nd victim targeted by Palestinian terrorists over the past two months.

Over the weekend, four Israelis were injured in a stabbing attack in Kiryat Gat. That attack followed Friday's stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks that killed an American teenager, an Arab bystander and an Israeli man.

That same day, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed two Israelis to death as they attended afternoon prayer. He was legally employed at the restaurant next door.

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