Three police officers injured in Jerusalem attack, assailant killed

Three police officers injured in attack in Jerusalem, assailant killed

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Three Israeli policemen were injured Thursday in an attack in Jerusalem's Old City, police said, saying the assailant had been killed. 

Arrested by Israeli forces, a “suspect” not immediately identified “pulled out a knife and stabbed an officer,” police said in a statement. “As a result of this knife attack, three police officers were injured” in total, according to the same source.

Shaare Zedek Hospital said it treated two wounded, in stable condition. “One of them suffered from stab wounds in the chest while the other had bullet wounds in the leg,” according to this source.

Police opened fire and “neutralized the assailant. His death was later pronounced, police said.

The attack occurred in the Muslim quarter of the Old City, located in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian area occupied since 1967 and annexed by Israel, and the Damascus Gate leading to this neighborhood has been closed, noted an AFP journalist.

It came two days after the legislative elections in Israel, at the end of which the bloc former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing and his religious and far-right allies came out on top, according to initial results.

Amid renewed violence in In the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, a Palestinian was killed overnight from Wednesday to Thursday by the Israeli army during clashes north of Jerusalem, according to border police.