Israel Police: Palestinian stabs woman in Jerusalem

The priestly blessing at the Kotel Passover 2017

The priestly blessing at the Kotel Passover 2017

The Palestinian man who stabbed to death a British woman on a Jerusalem tram on Friday was on his way home from a mental care facility, police said.

Authorities at the Hadassah hospital Mount Scopus later announced that the woman had died of her injuries, as Israeli media outlets identified the victim as a British citizen.

The attack occurred around 10:00 GMT near Tsahal Square just outside the Old City where Christian commemorations were under way for Good Friday as Jews marked the week-long Passover holiday.

Mark Regev, Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom, confirmed her identity as he described her killing as a "senseless act of terror".

The tram made an abrupt stop after the attack.

A Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed a young woman from the United Kingdom near the Old City of Jerusalem.

Emergency services evacuate an injured person from the scene of an stabbing attack in Jerusalem Friday, April 14, 2017. "After the young woman received CPR treatment and was taken to hospital by MDA (Magen David Adom), the ZAKA volunteers remained at the scene to collect the remains", said Bentzi Oering, Jerusalem commander for the ZAKA volunteer emergency response group.

There have been 174 stabbing attacks and 113 attempted stabbings, 143 shootings, 57 vehicle ramming attacks and one bus bombing, the Israeli Foreign Ministry reported.

However, a statement released by Israel Security Agency Shin Bet called the suspect a "terrorist", saying he might have carried out the attack in an attempt to get killed by the police.

Since September 2015, Palestinians have killed 42 Israelis and two visiting Americans, mainly in stabbings, vehicle ramming assaults and shooting attacks.

Some of the most horrifying acts of terrorism of all time from 9/11 to the Paris attacks, these murderous acts killed several thousands of people and caused millions of pounds of damage to properties worldwide.

Israel says at least 162 of the Palestinians killed had launched stabbing, shooting or vehicle ramming attacks.

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