Karim El Kusami, a 19-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem stabbed police in the Old City early Sunday morning and was subsequently shot dead by officers, according to Israeli police. Two officers were lightly injured during the attack and received treatment.
El Kusami's brother, Muhammad, was arrested by police forces at the end of a house search conducted by Israeli officers according to an eyewitness.
The assailant, from the East Jerusalem town of At-Tur, approached the officers stationed at Huta Gate at around 4:30 A.M., pulled out a knife and stabbed one of them. Other officers at the scene opened fired at the attacker in response.
Medical personnel arrived at Huta Gate and pronounced the 19-year-old assailant dead.
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Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev took to Twitter to comment on the event, saying: “In the coming weeks, and until after Ramadan, terrorists and radical groups will try to ignite this area. The police and the Border Police will be alert and ready.”