JERUSALEM (Jun. 13)
Jerusalem police were still searching Wednesday for the lone assailant who knifed an 18-ycar-old yeshiva student Tuesday just outside the Damascus Gate. The assailant escaped before police closed off the Old City. More than 150 Arab youths were detained Tuesday for Questioning in connection with the attack. Police said 11 Arab youths were still in custody Wednesday, but no arrests were announced.
The stabbing victim, Yosef Edri, was reported in good condition following treatment for light to moderate stomach wounds.
In another incident, Jerusalem police said they are holding five Arab suspects in connection with the desecration of the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives last weekend.
Four of them are squatters who reportedly slept, in caves on the mount. The fifth is the cemetery guard who reported the vandalism Sunday. He was detained following his report
Some 62 gravestones in the cemetery’s Kollel Polin section were pulverized with what seem to have been heavy hammers.
Intifada-related violence continued, meanwhile, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Israel Defense Force meted out swift punishment to a reserve lieutenant whose troops hurled a tear gas grenade into the courtyard of a maternity clinic in Gaza on Tuesday. More than 60 children, most of them infants or under 3 years old, were treated for tear gas inhalation.
The IDF announced that the officer, not identified, was sentenced Tuesday night to 10 days in jail.
IDF sources said the unit under his command had come under a barrage of stones, but nevertheless tear gas was not the proper response.