British woman reportedly stabbed to death in Jerusalem

Israeli policemen block a road where the light train passes following a stabbing attack just outside Jerusalem's Old City, according to Israeli police April 14, 2017.

A young British woman died on Friday in Jerusalem after suffering multiple stab wounds.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the man attacked the tourist in her early 20s as she traveled on the light rail near Jerusalem's Old City. According to eyewitnesses paramedics at the scene attempted to give CPR the unconscious victim, who had been stabbed in the chest several times.

A video purporting to be the moment the attacker was apprehended shows a chaotic scene on the city's tram system.

The Israeli authorities, for their part, say at least 48 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians over the same period.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency identified the assailant as 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi and said he suffered with mental health problems and was convicted in 2011 for sexually assaulting his daughter.

The compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site to Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount, is the source of constant tensions.

Palestinian fears that Israel will seek to change those rules have repeatedly led to violence.

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

There had been a stark increase in Israeli forces around holy site in the Palestinian Territories due to the Passover festival.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

  • Leroy Wright