Israeli forces raid E. Jerusalem home of alleged Palestinian attacker

2017-03-13 08:19:28 GMT2017-03-13 16:19:28(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JERUSALEM, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Israeli troops raided the home of a Palestinian man on Monday morning, arresting four members of his family, a few hours after he allegedly stabbed two policemen in Jerusalem and was shot dead.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker ran toward two paramilitary Border Police officers near the Lions' Gate outside the Old City before dawn.

"He pulled out a knife from his pocket," she said, adding that the officers struggled with the man, fending him off, and one of the officers shot him.

The assailant was identified as a 26-year-old man from East Jerusalem. The officers sustained light-to-moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital, Israel emergency medical service said.

Palestinians have killed 41 Israelis and two U.S. nationals in a wave of violence that started in September 2015. Israeli security forces and civilians killed at least 238 Palestinians, most of them alleged attackers. Israelis also killed a Jordanian tourist and two asylum seekers, one Eritrean and one Sudanese, who were mistaken to be attackers.

Israel accuses the Palestinian National Authority of "inciting" the unrest. The Palestinians say it is the result of 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, home to more than 5 million Palestinians.