Israeli Border Policewoman Killed, Another Seriously Wounded in Jerusalem Attack

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Israeli border policemen stand guard on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City following an attack by three Palestinian assailants at Damascus Gate, February 3, 2016.
Israeli border policemen stand guard on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City following an attack by three Palestinian assailants at Damascus Gate, February 3, 2016.Credit: AP
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Officials discuss segregating between north and south of West Bank

A senior official in Jerusalem said that during the emergency briefing convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the attack, it was decided to examine further steps such as segregating between the Samaria and Judea regions – meaning a disconnect between the north of the West Bank and the south of the West Bank. It has not yet been decided whether to carry the move out.

According to the senior official, an analysis of the latest terror attacks was presented in the meeting in order to understand whether a new reality is being faced. The senior official said that according to security officials it was not possible to establish so at the moment. During the meeting, the prime minister directed to examine the revocation of work permits in Israel for people in circles close to attackers. 

Preliminary investigation: Cohen opened fire before she was shot from behind

A preliminary probe into the attack has revealed that two men raised the suspicion of Border Police officers stationed near the Damascus Gate. When asked to show their IDs, one of the two suspects drew a semi-automatic pistol and opened fire. Meanwhile, a third attacker emerged and stabbed one of the officers.

A Border Police officer who was stationed there with Hadar Cohen, the policewoman who was killed in the attack, said that he approached two men sitting on a bench and asked them for their IDs. "When I told them, 'Hello, show me you IDs,' one of them stood up, opened his coat, took out a Carl Gustav and hit me with it on the head," he said. "I took a few steps back and saw that he was aiming at me and was about to pull the trigger. I pushed away his gun, took two steps back, cocked my gun and shot him."

The officer says that when he turned around, he saw another attacker stabbing a policewoman with a utility knife. "I raised my gun and put a bullet in him," he said.

The officer said he only then saw the third attacker, after he heard shots being fired. He and others started running toward the assailant, when they saw that he was holding an improvised firearm. "I took out my gun as I was getting closer, but he was running and shooting. We came at him from three directions and shot him until he was neutralized."

A video taken from a nearby security camera showed that Cohen managed to open fire at the attackers before being shot by the third assailant from behind.

Israeli security forces and emergency personnel stand next to the body of a Palestinian man following an attack at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on February 3, 2016. Credit: AFP

Border policewomen stationed in sensitive Jerusalem spot on first day on duty

The two casualties in the attack were recruited to the Border Police two months ago and did not complete basic training before being stationed  at Damascus Gate, a sensitive area where many stabbing attacks have taken place in recent months. This was their first day on duty. According to the Border Police, the "minimal training" they had received was sufficient for their deployment. 

Netanyahu briefed on attack; closure to be imposed on Palestinian assailants' town

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being briefed at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on the attack that took place earlier near the Old City's Damascus Gate.

The briefing was attended by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, a representative of the Shin Bet security service and Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.

A senior officer says that Israeli forces are imposing closure on Kabatia, the hometown of the three Palestinian attackers, near Jenin in the northern West Bank. But Haaretz learned that the closure is only expected to be imposed later in the night.

The senior officer has added that reinforcements are being sent to the northern West Bank.

Officer killed in terror attack identified as Hadar Cohen, 19

The border policewoman who was killed in the terror attack near Nablus Gate has been identified as Hadar Cohen, 19.

Cohen sustained critical injuries in the attack and was rushed to the Hadassah Medical Center, Mount Scopus, where she was pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts failed.

Cohen, a resident of Or Yehuda, joined the Border Police two months ago. She is survived by her parents, a brother and a sister. 

Border policewoman Hadar Cohen, 19, who was killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem, February 3, 2016.Credit: Courtesy

Police: Damascus Gate attack - an escalation in current wave of violence

The use of automatic guns, knives and explosives was unprecedented in the current wave of violence and therefore is seen as an escalation, the Jerusalem District Police deputy commander said. The police are investigating the incident along with the Shin Bet security service, he added.

Palestinian Health Ministry: Three assailants were shot dead

The three assailants behind the attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate were shot dead, the Palestinian Health Ministry says. The three men, Ahmed abu Al-rub, Mohammed Kamil and Ahmed Zakarna, residents of the town Kabatia near Jenin, were said to be in their early 20s.

One of the victims downgraded to critical condition

One of the victims has been downgraded to critical condition, while the other remains in serious condition. Police confirm that the three assailants were all killed at the scene. None of the three suspects, from the town of Kabatia near Jenin and aged 20-21, were known to be affiliated with any terror organization.

One victim stabbed, another shot

One of the Border Police officers wounded in the attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate was stabbed and the other was shot. Both victims were evacuated for medical care at Hadassah Medical Center, Mt. Scopus.

Border Police officers suffer wounds in the torso

The two Border Police officers wounded in the shooting attack near Damascus Gate suffered injuries in the torso, according to paramedics who provided first aid to the victims at the scene.

Police: Three assailants wound two female Border Police officers

Three assailants armed with rifles, knives, and explosives were behind the attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, police said, adding that two female Border Police officers were seriously wounding in the attack.

Police said the attackers were shot, though their condition is still unclear.

The attackers were first stopped by a Border Policeman before one of them pulled out a gun and began firing, wounding the two officers.

Scene of a stabbing attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Wednesday February 3, 2016. Credit: United Hatzalah of Israel

Paramedics: 20-year-old woman seriously wounded

A 20-year-old Israeli woman was seriously wounded in the stabbing attack at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, according to paramedics.

Scene of a stabbing attack near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on Wednesday February 3, 2016.Credit: Midabrim Communications

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