Jerusalem: Soldier stabbed on Light Rail (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman Latest Update: 03.15.12, 16:03)
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Female soldier sustains moderate wounds after being stabbed in her
chest, hand as train pulled into station. Suspect arrested in
Qalandiya, confesses to stabbing
A 19-year-old female soldier was stabbed in her chest and hand on
Jerusalem´s Light Rail on Thursday. She was treated at the scene by
United Hatzalah medics and taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center
in moderate condition.
A suspect who fled the scene was later arrested at the Qalandiya
checkpoint. During his questioning he admitted to the stabbing. The
IDF Spokesman´s Unit said that the army placed roadblocks and held
extensive checks in the Gaza vicinity checkpoints. Several suspects
were detained for questioning.
An initial police investigation suggested that the woman was stabbed
by an Arab man who fled the scene.
The probe indicated that the assailant waited for the train to stop
and then stabbed the woman and immidiately fled the scene. Light Rail
traffic in northern Jerusalem has been suspended.
The victim´s mother discovered that her daughter was hurt when she
was at work. "At first the media said that she was in serious
condition and then another phone call came in from Shaarei Tzedek
hospital, an hour later, I just couldn´t function. The Shaarei Tzedek
hospital said that they gave her a CT and discovered that no critical
organs were hit."
The victim has been put on the respirator machine and is undergoing a
series of tests to see whether surgery will be necessary. Her mother
is at her bedside. The suspect was arrested at the Qalandiya
checkpoint by a police officer and security guard who recognized him.
He is being questioned and his personal details are under a gag
Scene of stabbing attack in Jerusalem (Photo: AFP)
An eye witness said: "I was sitting on the train, there were no
screams or anything to indicate something had happened. When I looked
back I suddenly saw people crowding around and as I approached I saw
the young woman bleeding. She mumbled, ´why did this happen to me´
and ´why do I deserve this´."
A United Hatzalah medic, Dvir Adani, described the scene: "As I
arrived I saw a young woman with stab wounds to her chest. She had a
low pulse, as she lost a lot of blood. We treated her until she was
taken to hospital."
The first attempt at a terror attack on the Light Rail occurred six
months ago as stones were hurled at the train in Shufat. A window was
shattered but no passenger were injured.
´There was an element of luck´
Dr. Ofer Marin, director of Shaare Zedek´s trauma center said that
the knife had been lodged inches away from the soldier´s
heart. "There was definitely an element of luck here. Right now her
life is not under any danger."
Stabbing victim Yehuda Ne´emad, who was assaulted in Jerusalem by a
Palestinian terrorist several months ago, visited the soldier at the
hospital. "This whole situation is unpleasant. The recovery period is
tough and takes patience but it passes. It even makes you stronger. I
came to show my support as someone who also went through this."
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat visits soldier (Photo: Noam Moskowitz)
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also visited the hospital. "Her condition
has stabilized and the doctors are saying she´ll recover quickly. I
view with great severity any attempt to disrupt our lives. Events in
the city will go on as usual."
Asked about the Light Rail´s security he said, "Security in Jerusalem
is mostly peripheral and in any case the security guards can´t cover
everything. There are lots of entrances and exits to each car."
Barkat called on the public to attend Friday´s Jerusalem marathon.
Jerusalem resident Amos Eyal said that locals have repeatedly warned
about the danger in the Light Rail passing through Arab
neighborhoods. "We all predicted this incident. It was only a matter
of time until such an attack happened when the Light Rail passes
through hostile neighborhoods like Shufat. " Omri Efriam and Aviel
Magnezi contributed to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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