Israeli border policemen stand away after shooting a Palestinian man with a knife and what looks like an explosive belt near Ramallah.
(photo credit: GORAN TOMASEVIC/REUTERS)
An Israeli Border Police officer was moderately wounded Friday after being stabbed by a Palestinian in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Friday afternoon.
The assailant, 19-year-old Mahmoud Iman from Hebron, stabbed the officer twice in his shoulder during clashes and was shot by security forces and evacuated by the Red Crescent in serious condition.
The officer was evacuated to Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital.
A picture of the attacker showed him wearing what may have been an explosive vest and the “investigation is looking into reports that the suspect had an explosive device on him or a fake explosive device on him,” read a statement by Israel Police.
Palestinian shot after stabbing Israeli Border Police officer near Ramallah, December 15, 2017. (YouTube/ אביגדור ט) This video that appeared on Palestinian television and shared on Social media, shows the aftermath of the stabbing.
Israel Police said that they are also investigating the suspicion that the attacker infiltrated the area pretending to be a journalist and that is how he managed to get so close to the force to stab the officer.
"When the other officers saw the stabbing they opened fire that led to him being incapacitated. When the troops approached the terrorist, they identified an explosive belt, which led to additional fire to prevent him from triggering it," the police said in a statement.
The stabbing occurred during clashes on the second Day of Rage announced by Palestinians over US Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.
According to the IDF some 2,500 Palestinians took part in violent riots in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem
, Qalandiya, Hebron and Bethlehem
, burning tires, throwing Molotov cocktails and throwing stones at Border Police officers. Palestinian Red Crescent reported at least 263 injured in the West Bank, of which at least four were wounded by live fire during clashes outside Ramallah.
In the Gaza Strip some 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated at nine different locations along the border fence, burning tires and throwing stones at IDF troops. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra was quoted as saying that two Palestinians were killed -- including one reportedly shot in the head by IDF fire according to local Gazan media -- and 16 others injured, in clashes along the border.