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.
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.
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.