Palestinian Shot Dead After Stabbing Two Israeli Officers in Jerusalem

Footage from the scene shows a police officer firing at the assailant while he was on the ground. The two officers were taken to hospital in moderate condition

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Israeli police forces in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday.
Israeli police forces in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

A Palestinian man was killed on Monday after stabbing two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem's Old City, police said, in the second such incident in the city in as many days.

The two officers, 20 and 25, are in moderate condition. They received medical attention at the scene before being transferred to local hospitals.

The suspect was shot by forces at the scene, near one of the entrances to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Footage from the scene shared on social media shows a police officer shooting at the suspect when he was already lying on the ground. 

The police said the attacker, identified as 22-year-old Abd al-Rahman al-Qassem from the Ramallsh area, was critically wounded and later died.

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai, who cut short a visiting a town in southern Israel to arrive at the scene, said this was "the final result we expect in such event" was achieved, with "a terrorist lying dead" and no other fatalities.

Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev praised the forces for their "rapid and determined response," saying on Twitter that "another tragedy was prevented."

Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, praised the stabbing attack as a response to Israel's "extrajudicial killings" of Palestinians in Jerusalem, though it did not claim the attacker as a member of the group.

"These operations will continue as long as the occupation continues its aggression and its violations against the sacred sites in Jerusalem," Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem said.

This comes a day after two officers were lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in East Jerusalem. The assailant, 19-year-old Karim al-Kusami, was shot dead by officers.

Tensions in Jerusalem have been rising in the lead-up to the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which starts in early April.

Some police sources accused the Jerusalem District of using excessive force against Palestinians, warning that this policy could reignite violence in the city in the coming weeks.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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