The assailants in yesterday’s stabbing attack were shot by security forces at the scene, with one killed and the other critically wounded.
The injured police officer sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper body and was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Graphic video footage shows the two Palestinian teenagers, Nassim Abu Rumi, 17, and Hamoudeh al-Sheikh, 14, walking toward Border Police officers near Chains Gate in the Old City and lunging at one officer with a knife.
Today, a 17-year-old Israeli boy was reportedly seriously wounded and a woman moderately injured in a car-ramming attack near the West Bank settlement of Elazar.
Reports suggest that the car flipped over after the attack, and when the attacker attempted to leave his vehicle, he was shot dead by the police at the scene. The two teenagers were found in a ditch behind the bus stop.
The terror attacks came amid heightened tensions at the Temple Mount, following clashes at the site in recent days.
The Temple Mount site has been a flashpoint of violence for decades. In September 2015, violence escalated after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas repeated inflammatory false allegations that Israel was planning to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim holy sites, which led to an ongoing wave of violence that has resulted in the deaths of 84 Israelis and foreign nationals.
The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, where the two destroyed Jewish Temples were located, and the complex contains the Dome of the Rock as well as the al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered to be the third holiest site in Islam.