Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Injured Israeli in Palestinian knife attack has died in hospital

Injured Israeli in Palestinian knife attack has died in hospital

The suspected assailant was shot and killed by Israeli police at the scene, a spokesman said.

Franck was arrested along with a Palestinian from East Jerusalem employed as a security guard at the consulate as well as seven other suspects, the Shin Bet said.

Domestic security agency the Shin Bet said the man, identified as French national Romain Franck, 23, was part of a broader Palestinian smuggling ring and used his consular vehicle, which is subjected to more lenient security checks, as cover to transport the weapons through Israel's tightly secured border with the Gaza Strip. He was a resident of Kohav Hashahar, a illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank.

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"On the basis of quality intelligence and groundbreaking technology, Israel is destroying Hamas tunnels one-by-one", Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement.

Tensions have risen in Jerusalem since US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital on December 6.

"This is a very serious incident in which the privileges and immunity granted to foreign missions in Israel were cynically exploited to smuggle dozens of weapons that could be used in terror attacks", the statement said. The terrorist, a West Bank Palestinian, was shot dead by an Israeli policeman. The report on Channel 10 television said Turkish identity papers were found on the body of the alleged assailant.

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In the afternoon, a knife-wielding Palestinian man stabbed the guard in East Jerusalem's Old City.

Shmuely said security services, always at a high state of readiness in Jerusalem because of possible attacks, had raised their alert levels further ahead of the forthcoming festivities when many visitors are expected to visit the city and because there was an increase in warnings of possible attacks.

Israeli forces on Sunday knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants to mount cross-border attacks, the military said.

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