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Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem terror attack succumbs to wounds

Israeli security forces stand guard at the site of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian assailant, who was shot dead, in Jerusalem's Old City on March 18, 2018
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The security guard was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed in the upper body

An Israeli was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday afternoon has succumbed to his wounds, a hospital spokesperson said.

The security guard who has been identified as 32-year-old Adiel Kolman, according to the Times of Israel, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being stabbed in his upper body.

At around 11.20pm local time Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem announced that he had died.

Kolman, a father of four, was from the central West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. His funeral will be held here on Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service identified the assailant as Abdul Rahmani Faddal, 28 and a father of two from Aqraba near Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank.

ZAKA medics reported that Faddal was shot dead by a police officer who was near the scene of the attack at Lion's Gate, one of the seven open gates in the Old City. Police closed off the area.

"Around 16:47 several police officers were called to a stabbing attack on Hagai St in the Old City," a police statement said.

"An assailant holding a knife in his hand pursued a man and proceeded to stab him and severely injure him." Several police officers responded and shot the assailant, who was a resident of the Palestinian Territories, the statement added.

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Police said details of the investigation are under gag order.

Israeli news website Ynet reported that Faddal possessed a temporary permit to enter Israel to look for work, and that it was the first day of the permit's validity. Such permits are granted when the defense and intelligence services do not believe the individual poses a security risk.

Stabbing attacks in the old city have grown frequent in recent years, though Damascus Gate has been the more common site of attacks.

Another Israeli security guard was stabbed in an attack at the city's main Jaffa Street outside the central bus station back in December 2017.

Two Israeli police men were also shot and killed by three Arab Israelis at Jerusalem's ultra-sensitive holy compound the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif.

The attack comes as hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of an Israeli soldier killed in a car-ramming attack in the West Bank on Friday, which killed two soldiers and wounded two others.

Tensions were high after Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called for a day of rage on Friday to commemorate 100 days since US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians also see the city as their capital and Trump's recognition broke with decades of US policy that Jerusalem's status would be negotiated between the parties.

At least 32 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since Trump's announcement, which set off major protests.

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