Ultra-Orthodox man wounded in axe attack in central Jerusalem (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Oz Rosenberg 04/03/12)
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An ultra-Orthodox man in his fifties was assaulted on Monday morning,
apparently by an Arab youth wielding an axe in central Jerusalem. The
suspected assailant fled the scene. Jerusalem police were combing the
crime scene for evidence.
"Around 8:20 we received a report about an attack near Highway 1,
near Hanevi´im Street. When we arrived at the site, we found an ultra-
Orthodox man bleeding profusely from his head," Avi Bar-Lev, a
volunteer for the rescue team "Ichud Hatzala" told Haaretz.
"He told us that he was on his way to the Kotel [Western Wall], when
a man jumped on him from behind with an axe and started beating him.
He attempted to struggle and the attacker fled. We provided medical
treatment on the scene, then an ambulance took [the victim] to
"It was a miracle that he was only lightly wounded, in light of the
circumstances," Bar-Lev added.
Shlomo Brendmeck, a bus driver who happened upon the scene shortly
after the incident, told Haaretz that he found the victim frightened
and nervous. The man told him that he struggled briefly with his
attacker, eventually managing to wrestle the axe out of his hands. At
that point, the attacker fled. "I think if the blade had hit his head
directly, the man would no longer be with us. He was lucky. It was a
serious axe," said Brendmeck.
Two weeks ago, Yehudit Aharon, a 19-year-old soldier from Jerusalem,
was stabbed in a light rail station in Pisgat Ze´ev in northern
Jerusalem. The suspected attacker, a high school student from
northern Jerusalem, was apprehended in the Qalandiyah checkpoint
shortly after the attack on his way to Ramallah. (© Copyright 2012
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