Israeli police says a Palestinian attacker in a vehicle has run over two police officers in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says Wednesday's attack took place in a neighborhood in east Jerusalem. He said officers on the scene opened fire at the attacker and wounded him critically. The two police officers were lightly wounded and evacuated to a hospital.

Israel has seen several isolated vehicular and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem in recent months, raising fears of a renewed wave of Palestinian violence like the one that gripped the country a decade ago.

The most serious recent incident came last month when a Palestinian motorist intentionally rammed his car into a group of Israeli Jews near Jerusalem, killing one man and seriously injuring a woman.