An axe-wielding Palestinian man approached a group of Border Police officers near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday, yelling and attacking the security forces.
While the officers worked to neutralize the suspect, he managed to stab one Border Police officer and lightly wound him in the leg.
Security forces arrested the suspect.
Wednesday’s attack was the latest in a series of terrorist acts carried out against members of the security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank over the last month.
On August 17, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and lightly wounded a Border Police officer at the Tapuah junction.
The Border Police said the assailant approached the officers at the checkpoint and told them he was not feeling well. The officers told the man to halt, but he continued to approach them, then pulled out a knife and stabbed an officer, lightly wounding him. The statement said the officer managed to push away the attacker and his partner opened fire, critically wounding the terrorist.
The attacker was treated at the scene by IDF medics, but died of his wounds, the army confirmed.
Two days prior to that attack, a Palestinian man lightly wounded a Border Police officer at a checkpoint on the highway near the Palestinian village of Huwara. The attacker was shot and killed by other border policemen at the scene.
On the same day, a Palestinian terrorist asked a soldier for a cup of water at a checkpoint on Highway 443 near Beit Horon, and then stabbed the soldier after he turned his back, lightly wounding him.
The Border Police, the IDF, and the Israel Police have been on high alert since an arson attack on a Palestinian house in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31 killed an 18-month-old baby and his father, and left the mother and older brother in critical condition. The attack – believed to have been carried out by Jewish terrorists – has sparked fears of reprisal attacks, especially of the spontaneous “lone-wolf” variety.