Policeman stabbed in neck in Jerusalem’s Old City
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Policeman stabbed in neck in Jerusalem’s Old City

Officer’s wounds light to moderate; Palestinian attacker shot and killed by police on scene

Police and rescue personnel at the site where a Palestinian assailant stabbed a Border Police officer near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, November 29, 2015. (Israel Police)
Police and rescue personnel at the site where a Palestinian assailant stabbed a Border Police officer near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, November 29, 2015. (Israel Police)

A Border Police officer was lightly to moderately wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate leading to Jerusalem’s Old City Sunday morning.

The officer, in his early 20s, was stabbed in the neck. Magen David Adom medics evacuated him to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem.

The terrorist was identified as a 38-year-old Palestinian resident of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

He was shot and killed by officers at the scene.

He shouted “Allah akbar” as he stabbed the policeman, officers said. A body search found an additional knife in the assailant’s clothing.

The knife of a Palestinian assailant who stabbed a Border Police officer in Jerusalem's Old City, November 29, 2015. (Israel Police)
The knife of a Palestinian assailant who stabbed a Border Police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City, November 29, 2015. (Israel Police)

Damascus Gate has been the scene of multiple stabbing attacks against Israelis in recent weeks.

Attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli civilians and security officials by Palestinians have become a near-daily occurrence in recent months, in a wave of terrorism and violence that has claimed more than 20 Israeli lives.

An improvised explosive device was hurled Saturday at a gas station near the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Illustrative: Border police officers patrol at Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Border police officers patrol at Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A police team arrived at the scene to clear the debris, and an investigation into the case was launched.

On Saturday, IDF troops arrested a Palestinian woman at a West Bank checkpoint after she ran at them with a knife.

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