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Israeli security forces on Thursday shot dead an assailant who tried to stab them near the very sensitive Mosques esplanade in Jerusalem. The attack did not make a victim on the police side. The identity of the 30-year-old assailant is unknown.
An assailant who tried to carry out a knife attack against Israeli forces in the Old City of Jerusalem was shot dead on Thursday (September 30), according to Israeli police.
The attacker with a knife tried to stab police officers on one of the streets leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, police said. An AFP journalist heard gunshots and saw the body of a woman on the ground, later draped in a survival blanket.
Israeli police “opened fire” at the assailant and “medical forces arrived at the scene found her dead,” police said. The police specified that the attempted attack did not cause a victim among the police.
The 30-year-old assailant, who was not immediately identified, was coming out of the Esplanade des Mosques when she approached the police, according to the statement.
Israeli security forces are stationed at every entrance to the Mosques Esplanade, Islam’s third holiest site and Judaism’s holiest site. The building is located in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector of the city occupied and annexed by the Jewish state.
In May, days of clashes on the plaza between Palestinians and Israeli forces were the prelude to a conflagration in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Five Palestinians were killed on Sunday in crossfire with Israeli forces who launched an operation in the occupied West Bank to prevent attacks, officials said.