Two Israeli police officers and a Palestinian were wounded on Monday morning in occupied East Jerusalem after the Palestinian reportedly carried out a stabbing attack against the Israeli security forces, According to the Palestinian and Israeli agencies.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a Palestinian resident from East Jerusalem pulled out a knife and stabbed an Israeli policeman and policewoman near a police station on Salah al-Din street just north of the Old City, injuring them in the upper extremities.
The policeman fired several rounds at the attacker, injuring him critically, al-Samri said.
Israeli media identified the alleged attacker as Ayman al-Kurd, 20, from the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
A spokesperson for the Hadassah hospital said that the Palestinian man was in a serious and unstable condition after being shot.
The 47-year-old male police officer, who was being treated at the same hospital, was conscious after sustaining moderate stabbing injuries in the upper back, the spokesperson added.
A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek hospital said that the female officer, who they said was 38 years old, was in the operating room and “severely injured.”
Since a wave of unrest erupted across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory almost a year ago, a number of Palestinians have been killed or wounded while allegedly carrying out or attempting to carry out stabbing attacks on Israeli security forces and settlers.
According to Ma’an documentation, 227 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis and 32 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians since October, with rights groups denouncing what they have called Israeli forces’ “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.