A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, injuring them lightly, Israeli police said.
The attacker stabbed an officer in the neck, and in an ensuing struggle with border police, stabbed another officer in the arm and fled, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri. Police are searching for the attacker.
The stabbing took place at the Lion’s Gate in East Jerusalem shortly after morning prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third most sacred place in Islam. There has been a wave of attacks in Jerusalem amid heightened tensions over the sensitive holy site.
At the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, Israeli troops shot a Palestinian who was climbing on the border fence, the army said. Troops shot him in the lower part of his body and took him for medical treatment and questioning, the army said.
On Thursday, Israel’s supreme court ordered Israeli authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.
The court said the hilltop outpost of Amona must be evacuated within two years.
Amona was established in 1995 on private Palestinian land without Israeli government permission.
In 2006, Israeli police demolished nine homes at the outpost, setting off a bloody clash of settlers and supporters against police and soldiers. Several dozen trailers have remained.
The government put off dismantling the rest of the outpost, despite court deadlines. Settlers also claimed to have retroactively bought some of the land where the outpost sits, though the Palestinian landowners claim some of those sales were fictitious.
Palestinians want to establish a state in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. SAPA