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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Two 13-Year-Old Boys Involved in Knife Attack in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—A 13-year-old Israeli boy in Jerusalem, emerging Monday from a candy store and climbing on the bicycle he had parked outside, was set upon by two Palestinian youths and repeatedly stabbed.

One of the Palestinian assailants was also 13.

The other, reportedly his cousin, was 17. Both were from a nearby Arab neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

An Israeli driving near the scene rammed his car into the younger assailant, who was taken to hospital in serious condition. The older youth stabbed a man nearby, seriously wounding him, before being shot to death by police.

The Israeli boy was rushed to hospital where his loss of blood appeared to make his situation hopeless. By evening, though, doctors said his situation had stabilized although his condition remained life threatening.

Although Israelis have become accustomed to daily knife attacks over the past two weeks the involvement of two 13-year-olds—one as assailant, the other as victim—was a shock.

Israel Television showed a school bag confiscated by police, which contained notebooks, textbooks and a knife. It was not clear to whom the bag belonged. Until now, almost all assailants in the current round of violence have ranged in age from 17-20.

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