JERUSALEM – Israeli police says a police officer has shot dead a Jordanian attacker who stabbed him in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the attacker quickly pulled a knife and stabbed the officer Saturday, moderately wounding him. Samri said the officer responded by opening fire and killing his attacker, a 57-year-old man from Jordan.
Since 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing assaults. During that same time, Israeli forces have killed some 245 Palestinians. Israel has identified most of them as attackers.
Israel says the violence is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of incitement. Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule.