Pales­tinian woman stabs Is­raeli in Jerusalem: Po­lice

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Pales­tinian woman stabbed and wounded an Is­raeli man near an east Jerusalem flash­point yes­ter­day, be­fore she was ar­rested, po­lice said. They said in an English-lan­guage state­ment that the in­ci­dent oc­curred next to the Old City’s Da­m­as­cus Gate, site of re­peated past at­tacks. It said that a “fe­male Arab ter­ror­ist” stabbed the man, in­jur­ing him lightly.

The woman, a Jerusalem res­i­dent aged about 30, was ar­rested at the scene, po­lice added. The Old City is lo­cated in east Jerusalem, which was oc­cu­pied by Is­rael in 1967 and later an­nexed in a move never rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. The July 14 killing there of two po­lice­men by three Arab Is­raeli gun­men led to spi­ral­ing un­rest af­ter Is­rael re­sponded by in­stalling metal de­tec­tors at the en­trance to the Al-Aqsa mosque com­plex, used as a stag­ing point for the at­tack.

For nearly two weeks, wor­ship­pers re­fused to sub­mit to the checks and staged mass prayers in sur­round­ing streets. En­su­ing protests left six Pales­tini­ans dead. The cri­sis abated when Is­rael re­moved the de­tec­tors but ten­sion re­mains high. A wave of un­rest that broke out in October 2015 has killed 293 Pales­tini­ans or Arab Is­raelis, 47 Is­raelis, two Amer­i­cans, two Jor­da­ni­ans, an Eritrean, a Su­danese and a Bri­ton, ac­cord­ing to an AFP toll. Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties say most of the Pales­tini­ans killed were car­ry­ing out knife, gun or car-ram­ming at­tacks. Oth­ers were shot dead dur­ing protests or clashes, while some were killed in Is­raeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. — AFP

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