Palestinian stabs border police officer outside Jerusalem’s Old City

Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — A Palestinian man stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli Border Police officer at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem.

The attacker, a resident of the West Bank town of Bethlehem, shouted at a group of border police officers on Wednesday night before stabbing one of them in the leg. The officer was treated at the scene and taken to the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

Later in the evening, Haaretz reported that a firebomb was thrown at a Border Police vehicle in the A-Tur Jerusalem neighborhood. No injuries were reported.

A similar incident at the Damascus Gate, one of the main entrances to the Arab Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, occurred on June 18, when an 18-year-old Palestinian stabbed a border policeman in the neck, seriously injuring him.

“We witnessed another terror attack in almost the same place a little more than two months ago. The readiness and alertness of our fighters is the main reason these incidents are ended before the attackers succeed in harming innocents,” Border Police Chief Superintendent Nisso Guetta told the Times of Israel.

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