Israeli Cop Moderately Wounded in Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate

In a separate incident, a Palestinian tried to infiltrate into the Jewish settlement of Tekoa but was shot dead by a settlement security squad

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Police near the site of the attack on Sunday.
Police near the site of the attack on Sunday.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

A 24-year-old Israeli police officer was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday.

The officer was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital. The attacker was shot and seriously wounded by Israeli forces. He was taken to receive medical treatment, a spokesperson for the Israel Police said.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian man armed with a knife tried to infiltrate the Jewish settlement of Tekoa and was shot dead by a settlement security squad. According to a military official, the Palestinian arrived at the first line of houses and was shot down at the entrance to one of the houses. A second suspect fled the scene, according to residents. Searches of the area are underway.

The settlement of Tekoa.Credit: Eyal Toueg

In Jerusalem, the army spokesperson said that the suspect in the stabbing attack arrived at the Damascus Gate carrying a knife and stabbed the police officer. The officer is in stable condition and was moderately wounded, according to a medic who arrived at the scene.

The medic said the officer was found laying on the stairs of Damascus Gate, had been wounded on his upper body, and was conscious and speaking to medics. They administered first aid at the scene before sending him to the hospital.

Footage from the scene of the attack posted to social media shows cops running towards the police checkpoint where the attacker was, followed by a gunshot.

According to the police, Border Police officer identified suspicious behavior in the attacker and asked him to step inside their station and submit to a search. The assailant took out a knife and stabbed one of the officers. Other officers shot at the attacker. A witness claimed to have heard at least seven shots.

The three police checkpoints in Damascus Gate were set up several years ago with the rise of tensions in the area. The checkpoints are always manned by police officers and Border Police.

Many Palestinians complain that the checkpoints are often used by police to assault Palestinians. The Association for Civil Rights demanded that cameras be installed inside the checkpoints following these claims.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces captured the two Palestinians who murdered three Israelis last week after a three-day manhunt.

Another four people were wounded in that attack, which occurred Thursday evening in the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad – the latest in a string of deadly terror attacks in Israel over the last two months that has left 19 Israelis dead. At least 27 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, some related to operations to locate suspects in the attacks.

On Sunday night the Defense Ministry said it would open checkpoint crossings for Palestinians in the West Bank with the exception of the West Bank village of Rumana, near Jenin, where the Elad attackers live. Previously, the West Bank crossings had been closed, with only approved cases being allowed to pass into or through Israel.

The ministry also said the Erez crossing in the Gaza Strip will remain shut until further notice, except for approved humanitarian, medical and exceptional cases.

This comes as Israeli-Palestinian tensions have been already been heightened by violence at the Temple Mount, a major holy site in Jerusalem sacred to both Jews and Muslims.

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