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Palestinian killed after stabbing two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem, police said

Israeli rescue workers carry a body to the scene after an incident in Jerusalem's Old City
Israeli rescue workers carry a body at the scene after an incident in Jerusalem’s Old City March 7, 2022 REUTERS/Ammar Awad

March 7, 2022

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian after he stabbed two officers at a gate to Jerusalem’s walled Old City on Monday, a police statement said. It was the second such incident in two days.

The police said the two officers suffered minor to moderate injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza, claimed the attacker was a member.

She hailed the knife attack in response to what Israel has dubbed the “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians in Jerusalem without arresting or bringing them to justice.

“These operations will continue as long as the occupation continues its aggression and violations of the holy sites in Jerusalem,” Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said.

A video on social media showed several police officers shouting and pointing their guns at the man as he lay on the ground at the cotton merchants’ gate.

Photos distributed by the police showed a bloody knife on the ground.

The state-run Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the man as Abdulrahman Qasem from the Jalazon refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, a Palestinian who stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer in the Old City was killed when officers shot at him, police said.

Later that day, Israeli soldiers shot at a Palestinian who had firebombed an army post outside Jerusalem, a military spokesman said. Palestinian officials identified him as a 16-year-old who later died of his wounds.

Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Old City along with the West Bank and Gaza in a 1967 war. The Palestinians seek these areas for a future state. In 2014, the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed.

(Reporting by Henriette Chacar in Jerusalem; Additional reporting by Nidal Al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Howard Goller)

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