Israeli police spokeswoman for Arabic media Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a “terrorist” attempted a stabbing attack on an Israeli border policeman outside Damascus Gate and was “neutralized” by Israeli forces, a term commonly used by Israeli authorities when Palestinians are shot dead at the scene of an attack or alleged attack.
A witness told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he didn’t see the man attacking anyone before he was killed. When Israeli police officers suspected the man and and asked him to lift his shirt, he yelled “Allahu akbar” and was shot by one of the officers, the witness added.
Al-Samri added that the youth was a citizen of Jordan in his 20s and entered Palestine on Thursday via the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. He was later identified as Said Amr, 28.
While the youth was initially reported as being Palestinian, it has not yet been made clear if he was a Palestinian citizen of Jordan.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld reported that the youth had three knives that he attempted to use while carrying out the attack, which the spokesman posted on his twitter account.
Rosenfeld also said that there were no Israeli injuries during the attack and Damasus Gate has been completely closed off.
The incident came less than 45 minutes before a Palestinian man was shot and killed, his fiancee shot and severely injured, after the two allegedly committed a car-ramming attack, injuring three Israeli civilians, in the occupied West Bank district of Hebron, according to the Israeli army.
Just a day prior, another Palestinian man was fatally shot while Israeli forces attempted to detain him in in the Hebron-area village of Beit Ula.
According to Ma’an documentation, 224 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since a wave of unrest first swept across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October. Rights groups have denounced what they have termed a “shoot-to-kill” policy by the Israeli forces, which they say has led to the death of numerous Palestinians who did not constitute a threat or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.