Officer lightly hurt in Damascus Gate attack, police say
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Officer lightly hurt in Damascus Gate attack, police say

Palestinian assailant carried no weapon, to be questioned on motive, according to investigators

Border Police officers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 18, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Border Police officers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on June 18, 2017. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A Border Police officer was lightly hurt Thursday after he was attacked by a Palestinian man near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem’s Old City, police said.

Officers asked the man to identify himself, but he refused.

According to a police statement, the unarmed man then attacked one of the officers.

He was quickly subdued and arrested. The suspect had no weapon on his person, and was not hurt in the altercation.

The officer was treated by a medic at the scene and taken to the hospital for unspecified additional medical care.

There was no immediate word on the assailant’s motive. The police statement said he will be questioned “to clarify the reasons” for his behavior.

The Damascus Gate area is a flashpoint site for Palestinian terror attacks.

On June 16, three Palestinians from the West Bank carried out a combined shooting and stabbing attack that resulted in the death of Sgt. Hadas Malka.

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