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'Stabbed in Lung Returning From Kotel'

Shaare Tzedek deputy director general says young Jewish stabbing victim's life not in danger; arrived with screwdriver stuck in back.

Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar,

X-ray of stabbing victim
X-ray of stabbing victim
Hezki Ezra

Doctors at the Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem clarified Thursday night that the 21-year-old Jewish yeshiva student, who was stabbed by an Arab terrorist armed with a screwdriver earlier in the night, is not in life threatening danger.

Dr. Ofer Merin, deputy director general of the hospital and head of the trauma unit, told Arutz Sheva about the stabbing of the student which occurred in the Old City's Damascus Gate at around 7 p.m.

"Around an hour ago a youth in his twenties came to us, and said he was stabbed on his way returning back from the Kotel (Western Wall) when he arrived at the Damascus Gate," said Merin.

"He came to us with a screwdriver stuck in his upper back, in moderate condition," added the doctor.

Merin explained that the screwdriver wounded the youth's right lung, explaining "he underwent initial treatment in the trauma room, and after imagining checks we removed the knife while neutralizing the bleeding area."

"His condition at the moment is stable with a drain in the chest, and there is no danger to his life," added the doctor. "He is fully conscious and communicating."

The Arab terrorist fled the scene after stabbing the youth; large police forces are currently searching for him.

MKs on the right responded with outrage to the attack, with MK Danny Danon (Likud) stating "we must allow Jews to reach the Kotel (Western Wall) in security, even at the price of reducing the maneuvering area of the Palestinians."

"Make no mistake, this is a religious war over the identity and ownership of Israel in general and of Jerusalem in particular," assessed MK Yoni Chetboun, of the Yachad - Ha'am Itanu party.


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