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Young Jew Stabbed Near Damascus Gate

A 20-year-old Jewish man was stabbed and seriously wounded near the Damascus Gate in the Old City last evening. He was rushed to Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus where he underwent emergency surgery.

According to police reports, the man, Yosef Martin, age 24, was strolling with a woman friend when a lone assailant plunged a kitchen knife into his back. The weapon may have punctured his lung.

The incident was the second attack on Israeli civilians this weekend and the second stabbing in a week near the Damascus Gate. On Friday night a Jewish settler, Gabi Bartal, 30, of Beit Hagai in the Hebron region of the West Bank, was ambushed while driving from his home to Kiryat Arba. He was treated at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem for hand and leg wounds.

Last week, a 60-year-old man was stabbed while shopping near Damascus Gate. He is still hospitalized.

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