Palestinian shot after stabbing Israeli policeman

Border police officer stabbed near Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem and is in serious condition, Israeli police say.

A Palestinian has stabbed an Israeli paramilitary policeman at an entrance to the Old City of East Jerusalem and was then shot by the policeman, police said.

Israeli medical sources said the Israeli soldier was seriously wounded. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the border policeman had been stabbed in the neck.

Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El Shamayleh, reporting from West Jerusalem, said both men had been hospitalised.

There were some reports that the 18-year-old Palestinian had not survived Sunday’s incident.

Violence in Jerusalem has risen in the past year, after a Palestinian teen was burned alive by Israeli assailants in an alleged revenge attack over the killing of three Israeli youths in the West Bank by two Palestinians.

On Friday, two Israeli hikers were shot by a suspected Palestinian assailant near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, killing one man and wounding the other. The attacker escaped.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies