Surveillance video shows an assailant stabbing a Jewish man and then trying to hack the Israeli police in the occupied city.
Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem after stabbing an Israeli citizen and attempting to attack police.
Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service said Saturday the stabbing victim was a 20-year-old Jewish man who was taken to hospital in a “moderate to severe condition.”
The attacker used a knife to stab the man near the city’s Damascus gate and then “tried to stab a border police officer”, police said in a statement.
A Palestinian Red Crescent spokesman said police had killed the Palestinian attacker.
The incident took place near Damascus Gate just outside East Jerusalem’s Old City, a crowded area that is often the scene of protests and clashes.
The attacker was not immediately identified. Israeli public radio said he was a 25-year-old from the northern town of Salfit in the occupied West Bank.
‘Point blank series’
Footage filmed by a bystander near Damascus gate and widely shared on social media shows a man in jeans lying on a sidewalk while police fire shots at him.
The official Palestinian state news agency Wafa said the man was dead “when Israeli police officers opened fire on him at a glance”.
Mohammed Hamadeh, a Jerusalem spokesman for the Palestinian group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, rejected the “deliberate shooting of a wounded young man lying on the ground”.
Palestinian lawmaker Dimitri Deliani described it as “the execution of a young Palestinian man in cold blood”.
Israel’s border police chief said he fully supported the officers whose response “resulted in the neutralization of the terrorist and prevented him from further harming fighters and civilians at the scene”.
After the shooting, police fired tear gas near the Damascus gate to disperse Palestinians gathered there.
The incident came after a Hamas-affiliated gunman shot dead a Jewish tour guide in Jerusalem’s Old City before police killed him last month.
Days before that, security forces shot dead a 16-year-old attacker in the Old City who, according to them, stabbed two police officers.
Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since 1967. Palestinians claim it as the capital of their future state.