Police officer seriously injured in Jerusalem stabbing; assailant shot dead

Medics say cop in serious but stable condition, taken to hospital for further treatment; terrorist identified as 17-year-old East Jerusalem Palestinian

Police inspect the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Police inspect the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

A police officer was seriously injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Monday, amid Israel’s offensive to root out Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The terrorist attacked the officer at a gas station close to the Shivtei Yisrael light rail station near the old city, and attempted to snatch his weapon, before fleeing the scene, police said.

The stabber, identified by police as a 17-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, was shot dead by another officer who had arrived at the area. Videos shared on social media showed police chasing him through the streets of Jerusalem.

Magen David Adom treated the policeman at the scene. It said the officer, in his 30s, was in serious but stable condition. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for further treatment.

The stabbing attack came three weeks after war erupted following Hamas’s October 7 massacre, which saw some 2,500 terrorists burst across the border into Israel from the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea. Some 1,400 people in Israel were killed in the attack and some 230 taken hostage, under the cover of a deluge of thousands of rockets fired at Israeli towns and cities.

The Shin Bet security service has warned the government of its concerns of an eruption of violence in the West Bank, noting an increase in settler violence and clashes with Palestinians amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, according to Hebrew media reports Sunday.

Channel 12 reported that Shin Bet head Ronen Bar has alerted the war cabinet, wider cabinet, and the defense establishment over the matter.

The US and EU have also warned that the West Bank is at a boiling point.

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