Police shoot, kill Arab man after attempted stabbing in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Police officers shot and killed an Arab man in the Old City of Jerusalem after he attempted to stab a policeman.

The attacker, identified as an 18-year-old from the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, was asked by police to remove his hands from his pockets as he approached the Lion’s Gate. Police said that the teen was acting suspicious as he approached the site of two previous stabbing attacks. Two men were killed in one of those attacks.

After he was asked to take his hands out of his pockets, the assailant removed a knife and tried to stab a police officer. The officer was unharmed thanks to the flak jacket that he was wearing.

Other officers shot the teen following the stabbing attempt. He died at the scene.

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