A 17-year-old Jewish boy was stabbed today in the Ramot neighborhood in Yerushalayim, allegedly by a Palestinian man, police said.
A massive manhunt is being conducted after the suspect, who fled the scene. Police helicopters have been scrambled to aid in the search. The Yerushalayim Police said that the attack is believed to have been “nationalistically motivated.”
Forensic experts scoured the crime scene for evidence.
“We are currently conducting an investigation and checking all possible leads,” Police Commander Chaim Blumenfeld said. “We have evidence from the scene, and at the moment the primary lead focuses on a nationalistic motive.”
Magen David Adom emergency services said that the man was stabbed twice, in the abdomen and in the back. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim in serious condition. The patient underwent a surgery and hospital officials said that his condition is serious but stable, and he appears to be out of immediate danger.
Waiting outside the operating room, the victim’s father told Ynet that he was informed of the attack by his younger son. “It is a great scare, and we are trying to deal with it now,” he said. “We are mostly busy with praying for him right now.”
According to an initial inquiry, the police and MDA received a call about a stabbing victim around 4 pm.
Eyewitnesses told Ynet that the attacker came up to two youths walking down a street, and stabbed one of them without any provocation. A local doctor who rushed to aid the victim said that “the attacker began to chase a 12-year-old girl, but fortunately he failed to catch her.”
When onlookers began to gather on the scene, the perpetrator escaped.
The second teen’s mother said that the victim attempted to fight the attacker after being stabbed for the first time. The attacker tried to chase her son as well, but the latter managed to evade him. The attacker then returned and tried to stab the first teen again.
Security forces and medical teams were dispatched to the scene immediately, where they discovered the youth, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.
Eliezer Asulin, the first MDA paramedic on the scene, told Ynet: “We arrived at the site and found a young man lying on the floor and suffering from stab wounds in his abdomen and back.
“He lost a considerable amount of blood and his condition began deteriorating as we were treating him. We evacuated him as soon as possible.”
A local resident said that many Palestinians from the nearby village of Beit Iksa frequent the Ramot neighborhood. He added that while the area hasn’t seen hostile incidents lately, the Palestinians “often taunt us and the young women who pass by.”
The police is searching Beit Iksa and an adjacent wadi, where suspected is believed to be hiding.