A woman Israeli police officer was stabbed in her neck along with her male colleague today close to an 800-year-old Indian hospice, the sixth attack in four days in the holy city and its vicinity.
The latest stabbing incident, which left the 20-year-old woman police officer critically injured, took place outside Herod’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.
Her 45-year-old male officer sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper body, but was conscious, a relief worker said.
The attacker, who came up from behind and stabbed the two police officers repeatedly, was shot at and injured.
“A female officer was brought to the trauma center with a stab wound in neck. She was in serious condition, unconscious and on a respirator,” a hospital spokesperson said.
Over the weekend, there have been six attacks which include four stabbings, a car ramming and a rock throwing, catching Israelis by surprise as the violence seemed to have subsided after a series of stabbing attacks last year and early this year.
The Indian hospice, a symbol of India’s heritage and presence in Jerusalem dating back to some 800 years, is located right opposite to the Herod’s gate where the incident took place.
The hospice is a pilgrimage site for Indians visiting the holy land.
Israel security forces are on heightened in light of a rise in violence against police officers, soldiers and civilians in recent days.