An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man has lunged into a group of revelers leading Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade and stabbed six of them as they marched in the city, Israeli police and witnesses said.
The alleged attacker, Yishai Schlissel, had recently been released from prison after serving a term for stabbing several people at a gay pride parade in 2005, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said, adding that he was arrested at the scene of Thursday’s attack.
Eli Bin of Israel’s emergency service said six young people were wounded in the attack, two of them seriously.
The annual parade was proceeding as planned when the crowd’s joyful chants gave way to screams. Panic ensued, and a bloody woman fell to the ground, an Associated Press photographer at the scene said.
A man with blood seeping from his back wandered around with a dazed look before collapsing. Another man with his shirt off also had blood dripping down his back. Medics quickly surrounded them both and applied pressure to stop the bleeding.
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