A policeman was slightly injured after being stabbed by a Palestinian man early Tuesday in the southern city of Ashkelon, police said. The assailant was shot and killed.
The incident happened when the officer approached to investigate the man, who acted suspiciously. During the check, the man drew a knife and stabbed the officer.
Police said the officer managed to pull out his gun and shot and killed the attacker.
The Magen David Adom rescue service took the police officer to the nearby Barzilai hospital.
The officer later said he encountered the man during a check for Palestinians in Israel illegally. “When I crouched down to check the lower part of his body and felt a blow. He stabbed me in the head and I fell to the ground. “He said the man continued to try to stab him before he was able to pull his gun and shoot him.
The incident took place on a construction site in the city. Police said the attacker was living in Hebron on the West Bank in the 1940s, which was illegal in Israel.
The incident comes with security forces on high alert as Israel faces its deadliest wave of terrorist attacks in recent years, with 14 people killed in the past two weeks.
On Sunday, a Jewish Israeli man snatched a weapon from a soldier at an intersection near Ashkelon before being shot and killed by a top military officer, police said, in an incident that underscored tensions in the country.
The man – who was not immediately named – died of his wounds at the scene. The incident was initially considered by many to be a terrorist attack committed by a Palestinian.
The incident happened hours after a Palestinian woman was shot and killed after stabbing a police officer in Hebron and another Palestinian woman was shot and killed after running unarmed against Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Husan.