Israeli West Bank border police shot and wounded 19-year-old Palestinian Mahmoud Iman Friday after he allegedly stabbed a border officer twice in the shoulder.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the police are investigating how exactly the man made it through various security checkpoints, but believe that he did so by posing as a journalist.
“When the other officers saw the stabbing, they opened fire that led to him being incapacitated. When the troops approached the terrorist, they identified an explosive belt, which led to additional fire to prevent him from triggering it,” the police said in a statement.
The belt did not explode and Israeli police have opened an investigation into whether the man “had an explosive device on him or a fake explosive device on him.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, the Red Crescent took the wounded Israeli officer to Shaarei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem, where he is in “moderate condition with two stab wounds in the upper body.”
In the eight-minute [GRAPHIC] video, the stabbing takes place out-of-frame. Amid screams and commotion, followed by several gunshots, and then the cameraman quickly rotates the camera as the man, backing up with his jacket open, shouts. The police shoot one shot into his left leg — he continues to step back — then one into his right leg — he falls backward, still looking toward the police — then once in his abdomen, sending the man backward into the ground.
The incident is the latest incident in a week of violence following President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Muslims throughout the world have protested the decision with violence and threats.
During a visit to European Union headquarters Monday in Brussels, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged EU members to follow Trump’s lead.
“For 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people [and for 70 years] it has been the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “I think what President Trump has down is put facts squarely on the table.”