Surgeons at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center have so far managed to save the life of the Jerusalem security guard who was stabbed in the chest by an Arab terrorist near the Western Wall in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon. However, the doctors say there is still a long way to go before his condition is stabilized.
After emerging from the operating room on Sunday evening, doctors said they were maintaining the patient on sedation and moved him directly to the intensive care unit. As of 10 pm Sunday night, his condition was listed as “very serious.”
Following the attack, the victim was treated at the scene and then medics from Magen David Adom evacuated him in critical condition to the Trauma Center at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. United Hatzolah EMS volunteers treated two people who were injured in the attack.
Israel Police identified the terrorist as a resident of a village near the Palestinian Authority city of Shechem (Nablus), in contradiction to earlier reports the attacker was a Turkish citizen. He was shot and neutralized by security forces after attacking his victim, severely wounded and then died of his wounds.
Sunday evening police imposed a gag order on the investigation shortly after it was launched in the wake of the attack.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan praised the police officers who responded so quickly, killed the attacker and prevented more injuries, in a statement to media Sunday night following the attack.
“The Israel Police will keep acting against the blood-thirsty terrorists who are incited by the Palestinian Authority in Israel, and throughout the country,” Erdan said.