Israel Police shoot, kill Palestinian teen, 16, during attempted stabbing attack


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen was shot and killed by Israeli police officers after she attempted to stab them.

The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, according to police.

The Palestinian Maan news agency identified the alleged stabber as Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, 16, from the Ramallah-area village of Qarawat Bani Zeid.

The teen approached a group of police guarding the gate, pulled out a knife and ran toward them shouting “Allahu Akhbar,” according to police.  No Israeli officers were injured in the stabbing attempt.

Police also found that the teen was carrying a note in which she said goodbye to her family and identified herself as a martyr.