Author of knife attack on police in Israel, shot dead

Two members of the border police were “stabbed” in Jerusalem, Israel on Wednesday evening. The assault on the two border police officers took place near a yeshiva (Talmudic school) on al-Wad Street, which runs through the Muslim quarter of the Old City in East Jerusalem, according to a statement from the police.

The perpetrator of the knife attack, a 16-year-old teenager according to an Israeli police spokesperson, was shot dead by law enforcement. The latter was an inhabitant of East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector of the Holy City occupied since 1967 by Israel and then annexed.

Israelis and Palestinians cohabit in East Jerusalem

The police were evacuated to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, the United Hatzalah relief agency providing first aid said in a statement. “I treated a moderately injured woman and a slightly injured man as a result of the incident … We evacuated them to Hadassah Hospital,” said Yechiel Stern, a rescuer, according to this statement.

Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and Israel have been the scene from October 2015 and for months of anti-Israel attacks, most often committed by young isolated Palestinians. This violence has since diminished in intensity, but persists sporadically.

Some 200,000 Israelis live in East Jerusalem, where 300,000 Palestinians also reside. Israeli colonization, illegal under international law, has continued under all Israeli governments since 1967.

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