One person was stabbed in the Old City of Jerusalem Sunday in a terror attack Sunday afternoon.
The victim, an Israeli man roughly 30 years of age, was stabbed on Hagai Street, near the Western Wall in the Old City. He was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Hospital in the city where he later succumbed to his wounds.
The stabbing victim was initially identified as a security guard working in the Old City, but later reports have disproved this claim.
The terrorist was later shot and killed by security forces near Lion’s Gate.
Officials from MDA say the victim suffered stab wounds to his upper torso during the attack.
Police have closed Jaffa Gate to traffic in the wake of the attack, and are combing the area for any possible additional terrorists.
A spokesperson for United Hatzalah reported that emergency medical teams from the organization treated two people in connection with Sunday’s attack. It is unclear if the second individual treated at the scene is the terrorist.
"After being notified by United Hatzalah's dispatch and command center of the incident in the Old City,” said United Hatzalah volunteer first responder Dr. Yishai Ben Uri Zilbeger, “I arrived at the scene and found one person in his 20's suffering from a stab wound to his upper chest. He was in serious condition. I treated him at the scene for his injuries, after which he was transported from the scene of the incident to the hospital for further care and observation."
One of the first paramedics to reach the wounded man, Ateret Kohanim Yeshiva student and MDA volunteer Pinchas Balsberg, described the scene of the attack.
"As soon as I received the report of an attack, I took my first aid kit and the stretcher which we have in the yeshiva and ran to the scene. There was a 20-year-old man lying conscious on the sidewalk. He was suffering from numerous stab wounds to his upper body and limbs. We treated him using a special bandage to stop bleeding and evacuated…out of the Old City to the MDA Mobile Intensive Care Unit who evacuated him to the hospital in critical condition.”
Police have identified the terrorist as a resident of the Palestinian Authority, contradicting claims made by some media outlets earlier Sunday that the terrorist was a Turkish national.