Haredi Orthodox man attacked with axe on way to Western Wall

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox man on his way to the Western Wall for morning prayers was attacked by an axe-wielding Arab youth near the Damascus Gate.

Police reportedly found the man, 55, at the scene, bleeding heavily from his head; he also had injuries to his midsection. He reportedly told police he struggled with and fought off the attacker. He was taken by ambulance to Hadassah-Ein Kerem for treatment. 

The attacker fled the scene but left the axe behind, according to reports. Police are searching for the attacker.

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