Israeli Border Police Officer Wounded by Palestinian Stabber Wearing Apparent Bomb Belt

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A Palestinian man with a knife in his hand falls after being shot by Israeli Border Police officers near Ramallah, Dec. 15, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Goran Tomasevic.

An Israeli Border Police officer was stabbed and moderately wounded on Friday by a Palestinian assailant during a riot near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The attacker — a male who appeared to be wearing a bomb belt — was shot by other officers at the scene. He was transported from the scene by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Israeli authorities are seeking to determine whether the belt the man was wearing contained real explosives.

According to media reports, the stabber may have pretended to be a journalist to get close to the Border Police force, which was deployed at a main traffic circle between Ramallah and Beit El.

The incident took place amid a surge of wider unrest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday, as a second week of demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital got underway.

The IDF said around 3,500 Palestinians participated in riots on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, and another 2,500 joined disturbances in the West Bank.

Reuters — citing Palestinian medical officials — reported that more that 40 Palestinians were wounded in Friday clashes with Israeli security forces.

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Source:: The Algemeiner

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