Israeli security forces prevent stabbing in Jerusalem’s Old City

Meanwhile, Israeli forces arrested four Arabs on Monday responsible for throwing firebombs at security personnel in Jerusalem.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: War on Terror, Terrorism
The scene of an attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on September 4, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90
The scene of an attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on September 4, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90

Israeli security forces arrested an Arab woman on Monday evening after she tried to stab a police officer in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Israel Police said in a statement.

The incident reportedly occurred near the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Temple Mount holy site.

Officers disarmed the woman without using gunfire, according to the police statement, which added that no injuries were reported.

 

Four terrorists arrested for Jerusalem attacks

Also on Monday, Israeli forces arrested four Arabs responsible for throwing firebombs at security personnel in Jerusalem.

The four suspects, ages 19-21, operated together to throw explosives, Molotov cocktails and rocks at security personnel in eastern Jerusalem’s Shuafat neighborhood, according to the Israel Police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

In one of the attacks, a Border Police officer was slightly wounded by a firebomb. The four terrorists operated as a cell, police added.

Two of the suspects are also thought to have been involved in shots fired in the direction of Pisgat Zeev, a northern Jerusalem neighborhood, in March.

 

Back to Jenin

Earlier in the day, Israel Defense Forces soldiers clashed with Palestinian terrorists in the Jenin refugee camp, in the first military operation there since a major campaign in July.

Troops arrested three Hamas terrorists, the IDF said.

All of them were involved in “extensive” terrorist activity and perpetrated or directed IED and shooting attacks, according to the army.

One of the nabbed terrorists was also behind many of the attempts in recent months to fire rockets from Jenin toward Israeli communities.

The local branch of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group said its members opened fire at Israeli forces as they arrived at the outskirts of the camp.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said four people were injured in the clashes.

 

Wave of terror

Monday’s violence were just the latest incidents in a string of Palestinian terror attacks this summer.

Last Wednesday, an Israeli man was moderately wounded in a stabbing at the Shivtei Yisrael light-rail stop outside the Old City. The alleged assailant, identified by local media as a 14-year-old Arab resident of Beit Hanina in northern Jerusalem, was shot and killed by a Border Police officer.

In July, an Israeli man was similarly stabbed and seriously injured in a suspected terror attack in Jerusalem’s southern Gilo.

This week, Israeli forces arrested four Arabs who were responsible for throwing firebombs at security personnel in the city’s eastern Shuafat neighborhood. The four suspects operated together to throw explosives, Molotov cocktails and rocks at security personnel, according to the Israel Police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

Israel has also experienced several deadly attacks in recent weeks, including the killing of an off-duty IDF soldier on Aug. 31 when a Palestinian drove his truck into a crowd at the Maccabim Crossing along Route 443, close to the central city of Modi’in. Six other persons were injured in the ramming.

Earlier in August, 40-year-old Batsheva Nigri, a mother of three from Beit Hagai, was killed and a 39-year-old man was seriously wounded in a terrorist shooting near Hebron in Judea.

Two days earlier, a Palestinian terrorist shot and killed Shay Silas Nigrekar, 60, and his 28-year-old son Aviad Nir in Huwara, just outside Nablus (Shechem) in Samaria.

With reporting by JNS.

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