Two Arab teenagers stabbed a police officer, moderately injuring him, in a terror attack at the Shalshelet Gate (Chain Gate) of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday.
The assailants were shot by security forces at the scene. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, the second was critically wounded and taken to the hospital, a police spokesperson said.
Graphic video footage from the scene showed the two teenagers walk up from behind a group of police officers stationed in the Old City. As they approached, they suddenly pulled out knives and began repeatedly stabbing one of the police officers. Other officers at the scene opened fire at the pair as they were stabbing the victim.
The injured police officer was approximately 40 years old. He sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper body, medics said.
WARNING: This video shows the stabbing attack
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) August 15, 2019
This terror attack comes on the heels of major protests on the Temple Mount on Sunday. When that happened, the Waqf ordered mosques in East Jerusalem to close their doors and flood the Temple Mount.
Thousands of Muslims rushed the Temple Mount in an effort to prevent Jewish pilgrims from entering the site. Sunday was also the Jewish holiday of the 9th of Av whereby Jews commemorate the destruction of both the first and second Temples.
Sunday was also the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Ahda (ffestival of the sacrifice).
However Jews were not permitted to enter the mount from Monday to Wednesday.
On Tuesday it was rumored that freshmen congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib (both Democrats) would visit the Temple Mount with Palestinian Authority officials before Israel barred their entrance into the country.
Sources: Times of Israel /Breaking Israel News