Two Police Officers Stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City

Policemen suffer light wounds; forces sweeping area in attempt to locate attacker.

Nir Hasson
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The Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Two Border Police officers were stabbed on Friday morning in Jerusalem's Old City near the Lions Gate, in a suspected terrorist attack.

The policemen suffered light injuries, one to the neck and the other to the hand. They were taken for treatment at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem.

Police said the incident occurred after morning prayers on the Temple Mount, when an unidentified assailant attacked one officer with a knife and stabbed him in the neck. A second policeman fought off the attacker, who fled.

Police were sweeping the area in attempt to locate the attacker.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri, who arrived at the scene of the attack, said police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack, vowing that "The Jerusalem police will lay its hands on the terrorist."

On Thursday, an Israeli man, 45, and his 11-year-old daughter were wounded after a firebomb was thrown at their car in the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Shomron.

Ayala Shapira was hit in the face and upper body, suffering from third-degree burns on 50 percent of her body. She was brought to Sheba Medical Center in serious condition, and is currently unconscious and on a respirator. Her father, Avner Shapira is said to be in light condition.

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