Two Israeli Police Officers Wounded in Terrorist Stabbing at Jerusalem’s Old City Gate

An Israeli policeman walks as security forces guard the area on July 26, 2016 at the Qalandia crossing between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, after Israeli private security guards shot and wounded an 18-year-old Palestinian suspected of planning to stab them. A police statement said …
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JERUSALEM (AFP) –  A Palestinian stabbed and wounded two Israeli police officers in east Jerusalem near the Old City on Monday before being shot by forces at the scene, police said.

Medics said a policewoman in her 20s was seriously wounded in the attack and a 45-year-old policeman was moderately wounded. A police spokeswoman said the perpetrator was a 20-year-old from east Jerusalem and believed to be in critical condition.

Monday’s was the sixth attack on Israeli security forces or civilians since Friday after a three-week lull in a nearly year-long wave of violence.

The attack took place by the Herod’s Gate entrance to the Old City, a short distance from the Damascus Gate where on Friday a Jordanian was shot dead after attempting to stab a police officer.

Since October, 227 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, one Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed in ongoing violence, according to an AFP count.

Israeli forces say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during protests and clashes.

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