UPDATE: Attacker in Jerusalem identified

By Middle East Affairs

An attacker stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City, and Israeli television reported the suspect was shot dead at the scene.

Haaretz reports the victim, a private security guard in his 30s, was stabbed in the upper body and that he was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition. However, his condition has since deteriorated.

Israel’s Shin Bet security agency named the suspect as Abdel Rahman Bani Fadel, 28, a Palestinian father of two from the village of Akraba near town of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Channel 10 television said investigators found the alleged attacker had Turkish identity papers, but declined to comment on that to Reuters.

A senior police commander told reporters that officers nearby raced to the scene and shot the attacker.

“Police officers who were about 150 meters from the scene heard shouting, they reacted swiftly, closing in on the incident and managed to neutralize the attacker,” the commander, Haim Shmuely, said.

Protests and violence in the Gaza Strip and West Bank have increased since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Dec. 6.

The most recent attack before this stabbing took place on Friday in West Bank, where a Palestinian motorist rammed and killed two Israeli soldiers.

Haaretz said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday to demolish the home of the attacker.

Hamas commended the attack in a statement, according to Haaretz, “saying it commemorated 100 days since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

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