Two Israeli Cops Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack; Suspect Shot Dead

The Border Police officer, a man and a woman in their 20s, were moderately and lightly wounded and taken to a Jerusalem hospital

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The crime scene in Jerusalem's old city, on Wednesday.
The crime scene in Jerusalem's old city, on Wednesday.Credit: Noam Rivkin Fenton

Two Border Police officers were wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday. Police said the suspect, a 16-year-old from East Jerusalem, was fatally shot at the scene.

Palestinian reports named the teenager as Omar Ibrahim Abu Asab and said police forces had entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah, where he resided.

The attack took place next to a yeshiva founded by the pro-settler Ateret Cohanim organization, police said.

According to Israel's emergency medical service, the Border Police officers – a 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man – were stabbed in Hagai Street in Jerusalem's Old City. Both were taken to Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem in moderate and light condition.

Last month, clashes erupted in the Old City between Palestinians and Israeli security forces several times, in the heaviest violence in the area since major riots that took place in May. In one night of clashes in mid-October, 22 Palestinians were arrested and at least 20 lightly wounded.

Also last month, Israeli prosecutors indicted a man for murder after he allegedly killed one cop and injured another in a ramming attack during an operation to apprehend unauthorized Palestinian workers in the northern city of Nahariya.

Jack Khoury contributed to this article.

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