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The eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Ras el Amud, also called Ma'ale Zeitim.

The terrorist who stabbed a 72-year-old woman near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station early Wednesday evening was a resident of the city’s eastern Arab neighborhood of Ras el Amud, according to the Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Agency.

Ahmad Sha’aban, 23, was a convicted felon who had served time in an Israeli prison from 2012 to 2015 for terrorist activity, the Shin Bet revealed.

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Sha’aban was shot and killed by a special ops police officer who spotted him fleeing with the knife in his hand after he was blocked from following his victim on to the bus she was boarding.

The victim, who managed to get into a front seat with some assistance, maintained consciousness throughout her ordeal. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics and then rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where she is currently listed in fair condition.

According to a report broadcast on Galei Tzahal Army Radio, the Jerusalem municipality has announced it will equip its inspectors with specially padded vests to protect them from stabbing attacks.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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