Terror in the capital
Stabbing in Jerusalem, border policeman injured

Stabbing at Damascus Gate, on same street as previous stabbings; terrorist eliminated.

Tova Dvorin, | updated: 09:12

Knife used in the stabbing
Knife used in the stabbing
Israel Police

A Border Policeman in his twenties was injured in a stabbing at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, outside the Old City Sunday morning.

A Palestinian Arab attacker - now revealed to be 38 year-old Shechem (Nablus) resident Basim Salah - managed to stab the policeman while shouting 'Allah Akhbar' (Allah is great - ed. After a struggle, security forces eliminated the terrorist at the scene while rushing to the victim's aid. 

The policeman is suffering from wounds to his upper body, specifically near his neck. Magen David Adom (MDA) medics treated him at the scene and have transferred him to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, where he is listed in light to moderate condition. 

The attack unfolded on Hagai St., a flashpoint for terror in the Old City in recent weeks. 

"When I arrived I saw a young man who was stabbed in the upper body," Yehiel Stern, a volunteer for United Hatzalah who was at the scene, stated to Channel 2. "We gave him first aid treatment and then transferred him to the hospital fully conscious." 

"Bystanders said that shots were fired at the terrorist who carried out the attack, [which was] near the location of the murder of Aaron Bennett and Nehemiah Lavi," he added. "The terrorist was shot dead."

Photos have begun emerging of the scene on social media. 

David District Commander, Commander Doron Turgeman, praised the "rapid response, professionalism and determination of the soldiers" in the wake of the attack, which "led to the rapid conclusion of the event and prevented a more serious attack."

"Police and soldiers continue to be a human flak jacket for city residents and visitors and they deserve admiration," he added.