Female soldier sustains moderate wounds after being stabbed in her chest, hand as train pulled into station. Suspect arrested in Qalandiya, confesses to stabbing.
Dr. Ofer Marin said that the knife had been lodged inches away from the soldier's heart. "There was definitely an element of luck here. Right now her life is not under any danger."
Latest Update: 03.15.12
A 19-year-old female soldier was stabbed in her chest and hand on Jerusalem's Light Rail on Thursday. She was treated at the scene by United Hatzalah medics and taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition.
A suspect who fled the scene was later arrested at the Qalandiya checkpoint. During his questioning he admitted to the stabbing. The IDF Spokesman's Unit said that the army placed roadblocks and held extensive checks in the Gaza vicinity checkpoints. Several suspects were detained for questioning.
An initial police investigation suggested that the woman was stabbed by an Arab man who fled the scene.
The probe indicated that the assailant waited for the train to stop and then stabbed the woman and immidiately fled the scene. Light Rail traffic in northern Jerusalem has been suspended.
The victim's mother discovered that her daughter was hurt when she was at work. "At first the media said that she was in serious condition and then another phone call came in from Shaarei Tzedek hospital, an hour later, I just couldn't function. The Shaarei Tzedek hospital said that they gave her a CT and discovered that no critical organs were hit."
The victim has been put on the respirator machine and is undergoing a series of tests to see whether surgery will be necessary. Her mother is at her bedside. The suspect was arrested at the Qalandiya checkpoint by a police officer and security guard who recognized him. He is being questioned and his personal details are under a gag order.
Dr. Ofer Marin, director of Shaare Zedek's trauma center said that the knife had been lodged inches away from the soldier's heart. "There was definitely an element of luck here. Right now her life is not under any danger."
Stabbing victim Yehuda Ne'emad, who was assaulted in Jerusalem by a Palestinian terrorist several months ago, visited the soldier at the hospital. "This whole situation is unpleasant. The recovery period is tough and takes patience but it passes. It even makes you stronger. I came to show my support as someone who also went through this."
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