Two Border Police officers and a bystander were injured in a stabbing attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate Friday morning.
One officer was stabbed in the upper body and moderately hurt. The other was stabbed in the arm and was in light condition.
According to the Magen David Adom ambulance service, the bystander, identified as a 50-year-old Palestinian woman from East Jerusalem, was hit in the leg by fragments or ricochets from the shots fired at the assailant by security forces. She was very lightly hurt. After being treated on the scene by medics, she was taken to an East Jerusalem hospital.
Both officers are in their early 20s, according to police, and were taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
MDA medics who treated the victims said, “We saw two young men in their 20s. They were fully conscious and walking around. One of them suffered an arm wound. His friends had bandaged him on the scene. The second suffered from multiple stab wounds to the upper body.”
The assailant was identified as Muhammad Abu Halaf, a 20-year-old Palestinian man from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab. He was shot and killed by police during the attack.
Police closed off the site. Additional forces were deployed to the scene.
Damascus Gate, an entrance to the capital’s Old City, has been a flashpoint in the four-month-old wave of Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks that has wracked the country.
The area is especially tense on Fridays when thousands of Muslim worshipers pass through the gate to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Old City’s Temple Mount.