Israeli police raid home of east Jerusalem assailant after stabbing attack
Menahem Kahana (AFP)
Police on Monday raided the home of an east Jerusalem man hours after he stabbed and moderately wounded two Israeli Border Guard police officers near the eastern Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Two 20-year-old Border Guards sustained injuries to their upper bodies and were taken to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for treatment in light to moderate, but stable condition
The assailant, identified in Arabic media as 25-year-old Ibrahim Mahmoud Matar from east Jerusalem, was shot after a struggle with the officers. He was critically wounded and died shortly after being taken to the hospital, police said.
Police said four members of Matar's family were arrested during "operations" in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. They did not identify which family members were arrested.
The attack comes just one day after the Israeli army announced that it will extend a closure on the West Bank and Gaza by 24-hours during the Jewish festival of Purim after new security assessments.
The Old City has seen a rise in violent attacks since 2015.
Since October 2015, 250 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed.
Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities. Others were killed during protests and clashes.
Three months ago another stabbing attack occurred in the same area injuring another two police officers.
Hamas has previously claimed the stabbing attacks as part of the "Jerusalem Intifada."
It also been dubbed the "lone wolf" intifada as many of the attackers acted on their own rather than in connection with a terrorist group.
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