JERUSALEM (JTA) – Police shot and killed two Palestinians, including a policeman, in the same spot after they allegedly fired on the officers.
Sunday night’s attack at the Damascus Gate outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem was the fourth by Palestinian assailants on Israeli officers in one day, according to reports.
The men, in their 20s, were identified as residents of the West Bank. They shot at the officers with homemade automatic weapons, police said.
One of the attackers was identified on Monday morning as being a Palestinian policeman, reported the Times of Israel, which named him as Omar Ahmed Amru.
On Monday afternoon at the Damascus Gate, Israeli police arrested a female Palestinian teen who allegedly pulled a knife from her pocket when approached by officers there. Police said they approached the the 15-year-old girl, reportedly a resident of eastern Jerusalem, because she was acting suspiciously. They searched her bag and allegedly found another knife.
Earlier this month, a newly trained Border Police officer, 19, was killed in a Palestinian shooting and stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate.