A young Palestinian man was shot on Wednesday in Jerusalem’s Old City after lunging at officers, police said, as tensions surged following the killing of a journalist in the West Bank during an Israeli army raid.
According to Israeli police, the Palestinian in his 20s yelled “God is Great” in Arabic while making threatening gestures at officers near the city’s flashpoint Temple Mount holy site.
“He lunged aggressively and ran quickly toward the officers stationed on the scene with an object in his hand, crying out ‘Allahu Akbar’ and waving his hands toward them in stabbing and attacking movements,” Israeli police said in a statement.
Officers opened fire, wounding the alleged assailant. The Palestinian was rushed to the Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus in serious condition, a Hadassah spokesperson said.
Police did not say if the suspect had been carrying a weapon.
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