A Palestinian terrorist injured three Israeli police officers in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday.
Earlier this morning, police officers stopped a Palestinian acting suspiciously who entered the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City from the Damascus Gate and started to question him, according to Israel Police.
“During the examination of the suspect, he pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the officers in his upper body,” police stated.
Two police officers opened fire at the Palestinian attacker and killed him, the police said.
According to the police report, one policeman in moderate condition was taken to hospital for medical treatment and the two other policemen who were injured during the attack were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom and other first responders.
Israel’s Public Security Minister Omer Barlev commended Israel’s security forces for their “vigilance and professionalism” in spotting and neutralizing the terrorist who could have harmed civilians.
“The police have proven once again that they are a buffer between the citizens of Israel and the terrorists, sometimes at real risk to their lives, and I praise them for their operation, determination and courage,” Barlev said. “I wish a speedy recovery to the police officers who were injured in the attack.”
The attack comes just a day after an Israeli officer was seriously injured on Wednesday in a car ramming by a Palestinian driver at a security checkpoint in the West Bank. Tensions in the West Bank have flared up in recent months as Israel’s security forces are conducting counter-terrorism operations almost on a daily basis in response to an increase in attacks by Palestinian and Arab Israeli perpetrators, which claimed dozens of Israeli casualties this year.
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