BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police reported on Friday evening that a stabbing attack took place outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, saying that one Israeli police officer was critically injured, while the three attackers — who police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld referred to as “Arab terrorists” — were shot.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said the attackers were “neutralized” — the term used in Israel to refer indifferently to when a Palestinian has been injured or killed. The identity of the three remained unknown.
Al-Quds network reported that the three attackers — all Palestinians — were killed.
According to Rosenfeld, the attackers used knives and an automatic weapon.
Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s emergency medical service, tweeted that two people had been evacuated to the hospital.. The group said a 22-year-old female, presumably the police officer, was stabbed and in severe condition.
Rosenfeld reported that following the attack, police units implemented heightened security measures in the area — which had already seen an increased police presence earlier in the day for the third Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, as thousands of Palestinians from across Israel and the occupied West Bank travelled to Jerusalem to perform prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque.