Palestinian man stabs Israeli Border Police officer in Jerusalem

The logo of the Israeli Border Police. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer outside of Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday evening, lightly wounding the officer.

According to Israeli police, the incident outside of the Damascus Gate occurred when the man approached the police officers, shouted at them, and swung an axe at them. He then escaped, and when officers caught him and tried to restrain him, he stabbed one of the officers. 

The suspect was a 56-year-old man from Hebron who had previously served a prison sentence in Israel for the murder of an Israeli in Jerusalem, but was released in 2013 as part of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Haaretz reported. 

Separately, a firebomb was thrown at a Border Police vehicle in the A-Tur neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem. No injuries were reported. 

Posted on August 26, 2015 .