Woman fatally stabbed by Palestinian in Jerusalem, authorities say

The Birmingham University religious studies student, who was studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on an exchange programme, was rushed to a medical centre but died soon afterwards.

Paramedic Miriam Levi says it happened in the Old City, an area packed with tourists.

The Shin Bet domestic security service agency said that the suspect was identified as Jamil Tamimi, 57, a Palestinian from Arab East Jerusalem, Reuters reports.

She was a student at the University of Birmingham and had been on an exchange programme with the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University of Jerusalem since January.

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A pregnant woman and a 50-year-old man were also injured when the tram came to a sudden stop.

According to the Israeli authorities, the alleged attacker was shot and injured - before being arrested - by police at the scene.

"According to an initial investigation, it seems he suffers from mental problems", a police spokesperson said.The Shin Bet security service confirmed police suspicions, saying Tamimi attempted to commit suicide earlier this year by swallowing razor blades.

According to police spokeswoman Luba Samri, an initial investigation indicated the assailant as a passenger on the light rail.

Deeply saddened by the tragic death of a United Kingdom national in Jerusalem.

They said the 20-year-old had been on an archaeological dig that morning and described her as a "talented musician" and "enthusiastic rugby player". Hannah was a valued student here and she will be sadly missed.

It added: "The university condemns such acts of terror that harm innocent people, and especially a student who came to Jerusalem to study and widen her academic horizons". I send my condolences to the victim's family and friends.

Speaking of his experience at Hebrew U, Bartlett spoke highly of the institution and the University staff.

In a statement, Ms Bladon's family called her "the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for".

The police in the city have been on high alert as tens of thousands of Jews arrive for prayers in the Western Wall inside East Jerusalem's Old City, and some even go to visit the flashpoint al-Aqsa compound, a hilltop site above the Western Wall regarded as sacred by both Muslims and Jews. And so we will continue to do.

  • Zachary Reyes