Two Israel Police Officers Wounded, One Seriously, in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

In sixth attack in four days, 38-year-old woman and 45-year-old man taken to hospital with upper body wounds following stabbing at Old City's Herod's Gate; alleged assailant shot and hospitalized.

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Security forces operate at the site of a stabbing attack near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, September 19, 2016.
Security forces operate at the site of a stabbing attack near Herod's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, September 19, 2016.Credit: Courtesy
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Two police officers were wounded, one seriously and one moderately, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City early Monday. The alleged assailant was subdued, according to police.

A 38-year-old female police officer was taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center in very serious condition after being stabbed in the neck. She is currently being sedated and on a respirator A 45-year-old male officer, moderately wounded after being stabbed in the upper body, was taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

According to police, the alleged assailant approached the site from the direction of Damascus Gate. Upon noticing the two officers, he walked behind them and stabbed them a number of times. One of the officers then managed to shoot the assailant. Police forces are operating in the area.

According to Magen David Adom emergency responders, paramedics at the site, near Herod's Gate, treated the two for stab wounds to the upper body before evacuating them to hospital for further treatment.

The suspected assailant, a resident of East Jerusalem's Ras al Amud in his 20s, was seriously wounded and taken to a nearby hospital.

The incident is the sixth attack in four days. On Tuesday, an IDF officer was stabbed and moderately wounded near the West Bank of Efrat. The alleged Palestinian assailant was shot and wounded. Israeli security officials fear a surge of attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem ahead of the Jewish High Holy Days.

Separately, the IDF conducted search operations in the West Bank villages of Sa'ir and Beit Ummar overnight on Monday, in the homes of relatives of assailants in recent attacks.  In a weapons search in Bethlehem, the IDF seized a pistol, a home-made pistol, a pipe bomb and 130,000 shekels (about $35,000) the army said were used to fund terror activities.

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