Is­raeli po­lice­man shoots man who stabbed him

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Pales­tinian stabbed and se­ri­ously wounded an Is­raeli bor­der po­lice­man out­side Jerusalem’s Old City on Sun­day, with the of­fi­cer man­ag­ing to shoot his at­tacker, leav­ing him in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

It was the latest in a string of lone-wolf at­tacks which have gripped the city and spread to the West Bank in the past nine months, which the se­cu­rity forces have been largely pow­er­less to pre­vent.

It came two days af­ter a Pales­tinian shot dead an Is­raeli hiker near the West Bank city of Ra­mal­lah.

The latest in­ci­dent took place out­side Damascus Gate, the bustling main en­trance to the walled Old City from the com­mer­cial heart of Arab east Jerusalem.

Po­lice spokes­woman Luba Samri said the at­tacker was a Pales­tinian aged around 18 who came from the West Bank but gave no fur­ther de­tails on his iden­tity, cit­ing a court gag or­der.

She said he had at­tacked the po­lice of­fi­cer from be­hind, stab­bing him in the neck.

“The bor­der po­lice of­fi­cer, who was very se­ri­ously wounded, man­aged to see the ter­ror­ist, fired at him and wounded him crit­i­cally,” she said in a state­ment which had ini­tially de­scribed the of­fi­cer’s con­di­tion as crit­i­cal.

Is­rael’s Ma­gen David Adom emer­gency ser­vices said the bor­der po­lice­man was in very se­ri­ous con­di­tion, with one of the paramedics who treated him say­ing he had been stabbed re­peat­edly.

“We found a young man of about 20 ly­ing un­con­scious with a num­ber of stab wounds to his up­per body,” said a state­ment by para­medic Aaron Adeler, who de­scribed his con­di­tion as “very se­ri­ous.”

Another para­medic who treated both the vic­tim and his at­tacker at the scene said the Pales­tinian was ly­ing nearby and had sus­tained “gun­shot wounds to his up­per body.”

Po­lice­man Praised

Jerusalem Po­lice Chief Moshe Edri praised the of­fi­cer in­volved.

“The quick re­sponse of the vic­tim, who was him­self se­ri­ously wounded, brought an im­me­di­ate end to the in­ci­dent and pre­vented harm to other in­no­cents,” he said in a state­ment.

“Jerusalem po­lice is pre­pared for any event and we are de­ploy­ing a large force on the ground to en­sure the safety of res­i­dents.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also hailed the po­lice­man’s ac­tions, and urged peo­ple to come and visit the city in a show of sol­i­dar­ity.

“I call on all Is­raeli cit­i­zens to con­tinue vis­it­ing Jerusalem and to strengthen it. This is the mes­sage we sent to the terror which tries to dis­rupt our lives.”

Speak­ing at the weekly cab­i­net meet­ing, which was tak­ing place as the at­tack oc­curred, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said the se­cu­rity forces were still search­ing for the Pales­tinian who car­ried out Fri­day’s deadly shoot­ing at­tack.

“The rel­a­tive quiet in Ju­daea and Sa­maria ( the West Bank) should not fool any­one. There are at­tempts to carry out at­tacks all the time and some­times, some of them are suc­cess­ful,” he said be­fore news of the at­tack was made public.

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