A woman officer of Border Police who was critically injured on Friday in coordinated stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem’s Old City has succumbed to her wounds, Israeli police said in a statement.

The officer was identified as Chief Sergeant Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old resident of the community of Azar in southern Israel, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Malka died after a knife-wielding Palestinian stabbed and critically wounded her near the Old City’s flashpoint Damascus Gate at around 19:45 (16:45 GMT).

The perpetrator was shot dead at the site by the police, Samri said.

Malka was evacuated to a hospital but died of her injuries about two hours later.

At around the same time in Sultan Suliman Street, a few hundred meters away, two Palestinians shot a Border Police force using a homemade Carl Gustav rifle. The assailants also tried to stab the police officers before they were killed by the police, Samri said.

At least four other people were injured in the incidents, according to the emergency medical service. The wounded include a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Hebron, who apparently was not involved in the attack but was shot by the police.

Police commissioner Yoram Halevi, the commander of the Jerusalem District, identified two of the attackers as residents of the West Bank city of Ramallah. The third was said to be a 30-year-old resident of Hebron.

Halevi said that in the wake of the attacks, the police will consider re-imposing some of the restrictions that were lifted to allow more Muslims from the West Bank and Gaza to arrive for prays in Jerusalem during the holy month of the Ramadan.

The incidents were the latest in a wave of violence that have claimed the lives of at least 246 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Jordanian tourists, two U.S. nationals, two refugees from Sudan and Eritrea, and a British tourist since mid-September 2015.–

Source: NAM News Network

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