A Palestinian woman was shot and killed while trying to stab police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City early Thursday morning, police said.
According to police, the woman approached officers near the Chain Gate leading to the Temple Mount around 6:30 a.m., pulled out a knife and tried to stab them. The officers opened fire and shot the woman.
“The medical forces that arrived at the scene later declared his death,” police said.
None of the officers were injured in the attack, according to police.
The Palestinian woman was said to be in her 30s and was from the city of Qabatiya, outside Jenin, in the northern West Bank. It was not immediately clear how he entered Israel.
Police closed off the area and brought in a sapper to make sure the woman did not have an explosive device.
Qabatiya and the entire Jenin area have experienced a significant increase in violence in recent months, including early Thursday when a Palestinian gunman, allegedly a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, opened fire to Israeli border police officers who were conducting an arrest raid in the city of Burqin on the outskirts of Jenin and were shot dead.
Earlier this week, Israeli security forces carried out a series of large-scale raids in the Jenin area and elsewhere in the West Bank, against a Hamas cell that Israeli security services said they believed they planned to carry out. carry out imminent attacks on Israeli targets. Five Palestinians, at least four of whom were later identified as members of terrorist groups, were killed in clashes with Israeli forces and two Israeli soldiers were seriously injured in the exchanges, probably by friendly fire.