'The price is a heavy and painful one'

Police chief visits officer who was wounded in Jerusalem attack, commends her for preventing a bigger attack.

Elad Benari ,

Police chief Roni Alsheich visits wounded Border Police officer
Police chief Roni Alsheich visits wounded Border Police officer
Israel Police spokesperson

Israel Police chief Roni Alsheich on Wednesday night visited Ravit, a Border Police officer who was wounded in the terrorist attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem while she and other officers physically blocked the terrorists and prevented an far bigger attack.

A second officer, Hadar Cohen, was critically wounded in the attack and later succumbed to her wounds.

Ravit, whose condition has stabilized in recent hours, recounted the moments of the attack to the police chief and told him, "We are here to protect the citizens. This is what we enlisted for and that’s what we are here to do. I have no doubt that Hadar z”l knew this and acted in accordance."

Alsheich told Ravit, "We are fighting to protect civilians, the price is a painful price, but it's our job.”

“I have no doubt that a terror cell that comes with an arsenal of weapons of this magnitude - their intention is to carry out a massive attack,” he continued. “Your determination, as well as that of the other police officers and fighters who were there, certainly prevented a major disaster. I salute you," he added.

According to an initial investigation of Wednesday’s attack, two Arab terrorists armed with concealed Carl Gustav sub-machine guns, knives and bombs were spotted acting suspiciously by a team of Border Police officers close to Damascus Gate.

When officers approached, one of the terrorists produced his ID, and another suddenly stabbed an officer, moderately wounding her. Cohen immediately shot the stabber as other officers eliminated the second terrorist.

A third terrorist then attacked Cohen from behind, critically injuring her. He was eventually neutralized by a police commander.