Palestinian Teen Shot and Wounded After Trying to Stab Israeli Policemen in Jerusalem

Police say the 16-year-old East Jerusalem resident tried to stab them with a knife but failed; troops opened fire after the teen fled, injuring him moderately

Part of the knife allegedly used to stab Border Police officers in Jerusalem, October 28, 2019
Israel Police Spokesperson Unit

A 16-year-old Palestinian tried to stab Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday. The teen was shot by police and moderately wounded.

The incident occurred at 3:40 P.M. near Herod’s Gate, in the east of the Old City. Police said the teenager, an East Jerusalem resident, tried to stab the  policemen on duty with a knife, but did not manage to hurt them. He then fled, at which point the policemen opened fire.

Despite being wounded, the young man did not stop and eventually ran into a nearby house. The policemen arrested him there, along with the owner of the house and another person they suspected of assisting the teenager.

Weapon seized by Israel police following an attempted stabbing, Jerusalem, October 28, 2019
Israel Police Spokesperson Unit

On October 18, a Palestinian was shot and killed near the West Bank city of Tul Karm after an attempted stabbing attack. The Defense Ministry said guards at the Te’enim checkpoint initially tried to arrest him when he ran at them with a knife, but when he didn’t stop, they opened fire.

The day before that incident, a 20-year-old man from East Jerusalem was shot and seriously wounded by Border Police officers near Ramallah after what police suspect was an attempt to run them over while they were making arrests in the area. Earlier in October, a man opened fire at an army outpost near Tul Karm from a passing car, though nobody was hurt.

In September, a 15-year-old Palestinian was caught with a knife in his backpack at a security checkpoint in the Tomb of the Patriarchs complex in Hebron. That same month, a 12-year-old Palestinian tried to stab police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City. He was arrested. An Israeli policewoman suffered light injuries to her hand while trying to overpower him.