Victims in stable condition after 2 masked Palestinian terrorists stalked, then stabbed the two women, ages 86 & 82 in their backs as they strolled a Jerusalem promenade.
A peaceful morning stroll by a group of elderly Jewish women on a promenade overlooking sweeping vistas of Jerusalem quickly devolved into a bloody nightmare, when two young masked Palestinian terrorists stalked and stabbed two of the octogenarians in their backs.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., police said that five women, all in their 80s, were walking together on Armon HaNatziv’s famous Haas promenade overlooking the capital, before being abruptly attacked from behind by the suspects.
“The two terrorists stabbed them in the back multiple times, both in the upper body, and fled the scene toward the adjacent neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber,” said Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld shortly after the stabbings.
“Police and emergency units rushed to the scene and gave immediate medical assistance before transferring both women to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition. While a forensics team searched the area, police immediately set up roadblocks in the area.”
Roughly one hour later, Rosenfeld said police tracked both suspects to Jabel Mukaber and placed them under arrest.
Shlomi Tedegi, an MDA medic described the scene of the attack: “In an area adjacent to the promenade we saw two approximately 80-year-old elderly women lying in the dirt. They were fully conscious and suffering from stab wounds, one in the extremities and her upper body and the second in her upper body.”
“We gave them first aid and evacuated them to hospital in moderate and stable condition,” he added.
Shortly after the attack, Shaare Zedek Medical Center spokeswoman Shoham Ruvio said both victims are in stable condition and expected to survive.
“They are stable and conscious,” she said. “One is 86 years old, and was stabbed in the back three times; she is in the Intensive Care Unit. The second victim, who is 82, and was also stabbed multiple times, is in the Department for Heart Surgery. She doesn’t need surgery, but is being closely monitored due to a preexisting heart condition.”
Meanwhile, Rosenfeld said security has been heightened throughout the capital, and will continue throughout Remembrance Day and Independence Day.
“All public areas will have additional police units deployed and nothing will be left to chance as the city observes Remembrance and Independence Day,” he said.
Last October Armon Hanatziv made international headlines after two terrorists from Jabel Mukaber stormed an Egged bus and stabbed and shot to death four victims before being killed by police.
To staunch the deadly violence between the Arab and Jewish communities, police temporarily set up a concrete wall and check point around Jabel Mukaber, which was soon taken down amid protests by human rights groups.
Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.