An Israeli man was killed and at least three others, including a two-year-old infant, injured in a stabbing attack carried out Saturday by a Palestinian who was subsequently shot dead in Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police and medics said.
Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that three Israelis were injured when the Palestinian stabbed “and possibly opened fire” on them at the Old City’s Lion’s Gate.
However, it was initially unclear how many Israelis were injured in the attack, with police initially saying three, while Israeli media reported four or five.
A spokesperson at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem said that an Israeli man in his 40s had been pronounced dead on arrival, while the hospital was also treating a two-year-old infant who had suffered light wounds.
She said the others wounded were taken to Hadassah hospital. However, a spokesperson for the hospital could not be reached for comment.
Israeli media reported that two Israeli women were also injured in the attack, including one critically.
Four of the injured are reportedly members of the same ultra-Orthodox family.
Rosenfeld said Israeli police shot the Palestinian at the scene of the attack and “neutralized” him, although he said he had “no idea” whether the Palestinian was killed or injured.
Israeli medics later told Ma’an the Palestinian was pronounced dead on scene.
Rosenfeld said that the area was closed off and police were “searching for further suspects” who may have been involved in the attack.
The incident comes amid soaring tensions across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Recent weeks have seen fierce clashes across East Jerusalem as a result of tight entry restrictions to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City — the third holiest site in Islam.
Most Palestinians under the age of 50 have reportedly been denied entry to the mosque compound since Sept. 27, when Jews began celebrating the eight-day Sukkot festival.
In the West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli settler carried out violent reprisals on Friday and Saturday after two settlers were shot dead near Nablus on Thursday.