British woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem

Scene of stabbing attack

A British woman was stabbed to death by a Palestinian man on a tram in Jerusalem on Friday.

Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency, said in a statement: "This is another incident of many in which a Palestinian suffering from mental health or personal issues has chosen to carry out an attack as a way out of his problems".

The British Foreign Office in London said in a statement: "We can confirm the tragic death of a British national in Jerusalem".

The University of Birmingham student was studying in Israel as part of an exchange program.

The British embassy told the Guardian that it was in touch with local authorities following the incident, but didn't comment beyond that.

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A pregnant women and 50-year-old man were also injured when the tram came to a sudden stop and in the aftermath of the attack.

The woman was on a light-rail train when she was attacked.

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Israeli medics evacuate an injured woman, who later died, following a stabbing attack just outside Jerusalem's Old City, according to Israeli police, April 14, 2017. He was arrested shortly after Friday's attack.

It said she had only started studying in Jerusalem in January and had been due to complete a single semester.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are visiting the Holy City this weekend, as Christians continue to mark Holy Week and the Easter weekend, and Jewish celebration of Passover continues.

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An off-duty police officer pulled the emergency brake and tried to intervene after the man took a knife from a bag and stabbed Bladon multiple times in the chest.

The offender had a disturbing mental record, having attempted to commit suicide in a hospital by swallowing a razor and was convicted of conducting disgraceful sexual abuses to his own daughter 6 years ago.

Police had been on high alert for the Passover and Easter holidays.

Hannah Bladon was a "caring, sensitive and compassionate" student who was studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israel has been criticized internationally for being too heavy handed in response to the attacks, which have left almost 50 Israelis and more than 200 Palestinians dead.

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More recently, starting in 2015, is the so-called "Knife Intifada", which has consisted of a large number of high profile stabbings and attempted stabbings by Palestinian terrorists, along with vehicle rammings and shootings.

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