A 24-year-old Israeli police officer was stabbed in the neck outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, officials said.
His attacker, a Palestinian teen, was shot by nearby Israeli cops, police said.
The officer was “moderately wounded,” while the suspect is in serious condition, authorities said.
The wounded cop was questioning the 19-year-old suspect in a police booth at the Old City’s Damascus Gate entrance when the officer was stabbed, the Times of Israel reported.
The cop was conscious when fellow officers found him laying on the stairs of the booth and immediately got him to a nearby hospital.
A witness claimed to hear police shoot at least seven shots at the cop’s alleged attacker, Haaretz said.
The Israel-based Association of Civil Rights has called out Israeli police on multiple occasions for “improper police conduct” and “brutality” at the Damascus Gate, demanding cops “curb the excessive force that they are directing toward Palestinians” in the area.
The area is an important landmark for Palestinians and East Jerusalem residents and is a traditional meeting place.
With Post Wires