Palestinian policeman seriously injured in Gaza stabbing, ministry says
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Palestinian policeman seriously injured in Gaza stabbing, ministry says

Guard at checkpoint in central part of Strip is attacked by assailant said to be an Islamic 'extremist'

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

Hamas forces take part in an opening ceremony at the headquarters of a new marine police unit, in Gaza City on December 22, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/SAID KHATIB)
Hamas forces take part in an opening ceremony at the headquarters of a new marine police unit, in Gaza City on December 22, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/SAID KHATIB)

A Palestinian policeman was seriously wounded after being stabbed, apparently by an Islamic extremist, on Monday, officials and media reports said.

The incident took place while the policeman was manning a checkpoint on Salah-a-Din Street in eastern Gaza, the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza said in a statement.

The assailant was injured during the incident and taken to a hospital, the ministry added.

Gaza media reports said the assailant was an “extremist,” likely referring to a radical Salafi, a group that has targeted Hamas personnel in the past.

Palestinian salafists demonstrate in the southern Gaza Strip in September 2012. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

In August, a member of the Islamic State group, which is a Salafi organization, carried out the first suicide bombing against Hamas forces in Gaza, killing a border guard.

Hamas, a terror group sworn to Israel’s destruction, has run Gaza for a decade but have been regularly criticized by more radical jihadist groups in the Strip.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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