At least six people have been stabbed at Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade on Thursday.
Two of the wounded were seriously injured, Magen David Adom emergency services reported, adding that another person sustained moderate injuries and another two were lightly to moderately wounded.
Magen David Adom emergency services treated the victims on the scene, and they were then being treated in three different hospitals in Jerusalem. The stabber, apparently an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was caught. He was a lone wolf attacker.
The attack took place on Keren Hayesod Street in Jerusalem. Afterward, the organizers decided to continue the march.
Ten years ago, in the 2005 parade, an ultra-Orthodox man stabbed three LGBT marchers. The attacker, Yishai Shlissel, was recently from released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence.
Some 5,000 people were expected to hit the streets of Jerusalem for the city’s annual pride march on Thursday evening.
Starting in the afternoon, hundreds of police, Border Police and volunteers were set to fan out along the parade route and assembly areas, making sure the marchers would be able to parade in peace.
Police had granted a permit to 30 right-wing activists to protest against the event near the Great Synagogue, not far from the marchers. Earlier on Thursday, Israel Police arrested right-wing extremist Baruch Marzel though they denied the arrest had anything to do with the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade.
Marzel is a member of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party and usually takes part in the annual protest against the parade.
This is a developing story