Israeli police shot dead a woman who tried to stab officers in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday, police said.
According to a police statement, the attacker tried to stab the police in one of the streets leading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where an AFP journalist heard gunshots and saw the body of a woman on the ground, then wrapped in a survival blanket.
Israeli police “opened fire” on the attacker and “the medical forces that arrived at the scene determined his death,” police said, adding that the attempted attack resulted in no casualties.
The 30-year-old assailant, who was not immediately identified, was leaving the Al-Aqsa compound, the third holiest site in Islam, when she approached officers, police said.
Israeli security forces are stationed at each entrance to the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
The mosque compound is located in East Jerusalem, the Palestinian sector of the city that Israel occupied in 1967 and was subsequently annexed in a move never recognized by the international community.
In May, days of clashes at the site between Palestinians and Israeli forces were the prelude to an 11-day conflict in Gaza between Israel and the Islamist rulers of the territory, Hamas, the most intense confrontation between the two sides in years.
Five Palestinians died on Sunday after an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank sparked shootings with Hamas militants, authorities said.