World Bulletin / News Desk
Two Israeli police officers were stabbed and lightly wounded in occupied East Jerusalem early Friday.
"A police officer [was] stabbed in the neck and another in the hand near Jerusalem's Lion Gate," Israeli police said on Twitter.
"The attacker fled the area and extensive search has been held to locate him," it added.
Israeli police shut the Lions' Gate entry and erected checkpoints immediately after the attack in an attempt to locate the suspect.
This summer, three Jewish settlers confessed to abducting and murdering Mohamed Abu Khdeer, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy, in Israel-occupied East Jerusalem.
Tension has mounted in Jerusalem – and in the rest of the occupied West Bank – ever since the kidnap and murder of three Israeli settlers this summer and the subsequent abduction and murder of Abu Khdeer.
Both incidents preceded a devastating Israeli military onslaught on the Gaza Strip in July and August that left over 2,160 Palestinians dead – the vast majority of them civilians – and some 11,000 injured.
The rising tensions in Jerusalem even further escalated since late October, when Israel briefly closed occupied East Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after an extremist rabbi was shot and injured by a Palestinian man in West Jerusalem.
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