Policeman Stabbed in the Old City Suffers Injury to Lung, but is Ok

A Jerusalem policeman was stabbed and seriously wounded Sunday in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The assault, the second in three weeks on a Jew in the Old City, cost 23-ycar-old Moshe Tatgin part of a lung. It occurred shortly before 11 a.m. local time, while he was on duty near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The attacker plunged an eight-inch knife into Tatgin’s back and fled.

Police cordoned off the Old City and arrested scores of Arabs for questioning. But there was no indication whether a serious suspect was being held.

The young officer was carried to the church, where he was given first aid by a friend before an ambulance rushed him to the hospital. The knife remained lodged in his back until he underwent surgery.

Although doctors classified the wound as “medium,” part of the lung had to be removed. They said the patient might be able to leave the hospital in a few days.

In other violence, a hand grenade was thrown at a policeman Friday near Damascus Gate, in the Old City. No injuries were reported.

The last stabbing attack in the Old City occurred on June 12, when 18-year-old yeshiva student Yosef Edri was knifed in the stomach, just outside Damascus Gate. He was slightly hurt.

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