Two men in their twenties treated after a man with a knife attacked them as tensions between Israelis and Palestinians continue.
A Palestinian man was shot dead Monday by Israeli police after he allegedly stabbed two Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem near a neighborhood that has been the focus of Palestinian protests.
A video appeared on social media to show the suspect lying motionless and covered with a sheet on the floor. “The assailant shot and killed,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said two twenty-year-old Israeli men were injured in the attack, one seriously and one moderately stabbed in the upper body.
At 1:17 p.m., MDA’s 101 Jerusalem Dispatch Center received a report of a stabbed attack on Haim Bar Lev Blvd, near Jerusalem Light Rail Station. MDA teams provide medical care to two 20-year-old men in serious and moderate condition with stab wounds to the upper body. pic.twitter.com/1uH4NkNwk9
– Magen David Adom (@Mdais) May 24, 2021
One of the men was wearing an Israeli Air Force uniform, according to a video posted on social media, with a knife in his back as he knelt on the ground.
“The soldier received medical treatment at the scene and was evacuated to a hospital for further medical treatment,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reported that East Jerusalem was occupied, saying it was another incident. “adding to the tension here ”, with many police cars and armored vehicles roaming the area.
Israeli police blocked the front of the Damascus gate, Khan reported, looking for all Palestinians under the age of 45, which they did not do in the morning.
The attack came after an 11-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip by Israel, which killed about 250 Palestinians, including 66 children, and injured about 2,000 more. Twelve people in Israel were killed in rocket attacks.
The violence erupted after Palestinians in East Jerusalem were attacked by Israeli forces while praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.
Monday’s attacks took place near Sheikh Jarrah’s neighborhood, where possible evictions of Palestinian families during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan sparked massive protests followed by violent repression by Israeli security forces.
An Egyptian medium stop the fire between Israel and Hamas was held on Monday in a fourth day, while U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the region this week to talk to Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian leaders.