Policeman stabbed outside Jerusalem’s Old City
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Policeman stabbed outside Jerusalem’s Old City

Suspected Palestinian assailant overpowered by security forces; officer lightly injured

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An Israel Police officer and a Border Policeman in front of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City,  November 19, 2014 (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)
An Israel Police officer and a Border Policeman in front of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, November 19, 2014 (Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

A Palestinian man stabbed and injured an Israeli Border Police officer Wednesday evening outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, police said.

The suspect, a resident of the West Bank town of Bethlehem, was overpowered by other Border Police officers after stabbing the officer in the leg, injuring him lightly.

The officer was taken to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem for treatment.

Chief Superintendent Nisso Guetta, the commander of the officer’s unit, praised the vigilance of the policemen, saying, “We witnessed another terror attack in almost the same place a little more than two months ago. The readiness and alertness of our fighters is the main reason these incidents are ended before the attackers succeed in harming innocents.”

Sporadic attacks against IDF soldiers and Border Police officers have increased in recent months.

In June, a Border Policeman was stabbed and seriously injured by a Palestinian at Damascus Gate.

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