A Palestinian terrorist wounded an Israeli policeman in a new knife attack in Jerusalem and another was killed after trying to cross from the West Bank.

Israeli soldiers surround the Damascus gate in the Old City of Jerusalem after a nearby incident (REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun) (RONEN ZVULUN /)

A Palestinian terrorist trying to infiltrate Israel from the occupied West Bank was killed Sunday night by the Israeli army, while an Israeli policeman was wounded in a knife attack in Jerusalem.according to Israeli forces and medical sources.

These violent episodes came hours after Israel announced the arrest – after more than 48 hours of a great persecution – of Two Palestinians suspected of killing three Israelis with an ax on Thursday in the Israeli town of Elad.

“The two terrorists who killed three Israeli civilians in the deadly Elad city attack have been arrested.”indicated the police, the army and the Shin Bet (internal intelligence services) in a joint statement.

After the attack on Thursday night, the police launched an intense search, releasing the photos and names of two Palestinian suspects: Asad Yusef Al Rifai, 19, and Sobhi Imed Abu Shukeir, 20from the village of Rumaneh, in the Jenin region of the occupied West Bank.

According to witnesses, two individuals They jumped on a vehicle and began attacking the passengers with axes, leaving three dead, and then managed to flee in the same car.

Since March 22, there have been seven recorded attacks against Israelis, both in Israel and in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by the Israeli army since 1967.

A policeman at the site of the attack in Elad (REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
A policeman at the site of the attack in Elad (REUTERS / Ammar Awad) (AMMAR AWAD /)

The suspects were found this Sunday near the city of Elad, located near the Tel Aviv metropolis. They turned themselves in and confessed, according to an Israeli military official who requested anonymity.

They had entered Israel through a separation barrier from the West Bank a few hours before the attack, added the military source, who said the intrusion constituted a “failure” for the Israeli army.

Sunday night, a Palestinian trying to enter Israeli territory through a separation barrier in the northern occupied West Bank was killed by the Israeli armyindicated the armed body.

It’s a statement, the army claimed that the military “identified a [persona] trying to cross the security barrier […] near Tul Karem” and “forces shot at him”. For its part, the Sheba hospital, in central Israel, told the agency AFP that the Palestinian died of his injuries.

The same night, a man stabbed an Israeli policeman near the Old City of Jerusalem. Israeli forces responded and wounded him with bullets, Israeli police and medical sources said. The policeman was taken to hospital.

Elad’s attack took place on the day of the celebrations of the 74th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel. For Palestinians, that date marks the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe,” when more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled during the war surrounding the creation of the new Israeli state.

the palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas condemned “the killing of Israeli civilians.” But the Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad “celebrated”, without claiming it, what they called a “heroic” attack.

Israeli border police secure the area around the Damascus gate of Jerusalem's old city (REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Israeli border police secure the area around the Damascus gate of the old city of Jerusalem (REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun) (RONEN ZVULUN /)

According to them, it was carried out in response to violence in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian sector of the Holy City occupied by Israel since 1967.

Since mid-April, recurrent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators have caused almost 300 injuries, in the Esplanade of the Mosques, located in East Jerusalem.

On Thursday new clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters after the return of the Jewish faithful to the Esplanade, also considered the holiest place in Judaism under its name of Temple Mount, where they wanted to go on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel .

Elad attack brings to 18 dead in anti-Israeli attacks since March 22some perpetrated by Israeli Arabs and others by Palestinians.

In response, the Israeli army has carried out several operations in the occupied West Bank. In total since March, at least 28 Palestinians have been killed, including the perpetrators of the attacks.

With information from AFP

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