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Report: At Least 6 Stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade


"All of the sudden there was someone on the ground, bleeding..."

At least six people were stabbed at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, the Jerusalem Post reports.

Police say the suspect is Yishai Shlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who stabbed three marchers at the same parade in 2005. Shlissel was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault, and was released from prison just weeks ago after serving a 10-year sentence.

Eyewitnesses say the suspect was "screaming" as he stabbed people.

Emergency services say two of the wounded are seriously injured, and all of the victims are being taken to hospitals across Jerusalem.

"I was very close to where the stabbing took place," Noah Zinger told Israel's Channel 2. "I was talking to my friend when I felt someone push me out of the way. I turned around and saw the stabber... All of the sudden there was someone on the ground, bleeding."

The annual pride parade, though not as large as the one in Tel Aviv, was expected to draw roughly 5,000 people. According to Haaretz, hundreds of police and volunteers are on site to ensure all the marchers are safe during the parade.

When the stabbing occurred, witnesses say a police officer tackled the assailant to the ground and then arrested him.

This is a breaking news story. Updates will be added.

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