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Teen dies after stab attack at gay march

Hamish Martin Jerusalem

Published 03/08/2015 | 02:30

Shira Banki, Jerusalem stabbing victim
Shira Banki, Jerusalem stabbing victim
Ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel is detained by plain-clothes police officers after he stabbed several people during a gay pride parade in Jerusalem

A teenage girl has died days after she was seriously wounded after an anti-gay extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade.

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Shira Banki (16) was among six people wounded on Thursday by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, Yishai Schlissel, who had carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade in 2005.

He had angrily spoken out against the parade after his release from prison three weeks earlier.

The parade was in full swing in central Jerusalem when the attacker lunged into the march, stabbing people with a long-bladed knife before being apprehended by police.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, sent his condolences to the Banki family, and said "Shira was murdered because she courageously supported the principle that every person is entitled to live their life in dignity and safety".

"We won't let the despicable murderer undermine the fundamental values upon which Israeli society is based," he added in a statement.

Jerusalem, known for its rich religious history and tradition, holds a modest parade annually in contrast to the large parade in nearby liberal Tel Aviv, which drew more than 100,000 people this year.

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