Israeli Forces Apprehend Suspect at Jerusalem's Temple Mount After Reported Stabbing Attempt

According to police, a suspect attempted to stab officers stationed in Jerusalem's Old City, but then fled into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

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Border Police outside the closed-off Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, on Tuesday.
Border Police outside the closed-off Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, on Tuesday.Credit: AHMAD GHARABLI - AFP
Nir Hasson
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Police apprehended a Palestinian man armed with a knife on the Temple Mount, after a manhunt that led to the closure of the gates to the Old City complex in Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

According to a police statement, a suspicious man approached officers stationed at the Council Gate to the Temple Mount, and attempted to stab one of them with a knife.

Immediately after, the police report said, the suspect managed to escape into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Police had closed off the gates to the Temple Mount as well as Damascus Gate in the Old City.

The Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency: Israeli forces closing the Council Gate

Israeli security forces entered the Temple Mount in large numbers, including the mosques at the site, in search of the suspect. According to police, he is a Palestinian in his twenties from the Bethlehem area.

The Temple Mount, which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, is a main site of contention. Holy to both Jews and Muslims, it has been a flash point in recent years; tensions at the site last year culminated in Hamas launching a rocket at Jerusalem, the main catalyst of the monthlong war between Israel and Gaza.

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