Attacker attempts to stab Israeli officer, shot: police

Israeli police officers look on at the scene of a suspected stabbing incident in Jerusalem May 25, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 25 May 2020

Attacker attempts to stab Israeli officer, shot: police

  • Israeli police said the attacker had been taken to hospital and the area was cordoned off
  • The incident occurred at a police checkpoint between Armon Hanatziv and Jabel Mukaber

JERUSALEM: Israeli police shot and wounded a man who attempted to stab an officer in east Jerusalem on Monday, the police said.
“A terrorist attempted to stab a border police officer after approaching him. The officer responded and the terrorist was shot,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
Rosenfeld said the attacker had been taken to hospital and the area was cordoned off.
The incident occurred at a police checkpoint between the Jewish area of Armon Hanatziv and the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber in east Jerusalem.
A separate police statement said the man shouted Allahu Akbar before launching the attempted attack.
There was no immediate information about his identity.
Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided capital while the Palestinians view the eastern part of the disputed city as the capital of their future state.
A string of so-called lone wolf attacks by Palestinians took place in 2015 and 2016, though recent years have been calmer.
Israeli officials say such attacks are difficult to prevent, with attackers typically working alone without significant pre-planning.


El-Sisi says Egypt will not stand idle to threat to Egyptian and Libyan security

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El-Sisi says Egypt will not stand idle to threat to Egyptian and Libyan security

  • Libyan tribal leaders flew on Wednesday to Cairo from the eastern city of Benghazi for a meeting with El-Sisi
  • El-Sisi said at the meeting Egypt’s main goal in Libya was to “activate the free will of the Libyan people”

CAIRO: Egypt will not stand idle in the face of any moves that pose a direct threat to Egyptian and Libyan national security, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Thursday, according to a presidency statement.
The statement also said tribal leaders meeting El-Sisi in Cairo had authorized the president and Egypt's army to intervene in their country "to protect Libyan sovereignty".
El-Sisi met mainly eastern Libyan tribesmen in a show of solidarity on Thursday, days after Libya’s eastern-based parliament urged Cairo to intervene in their country’s civil war.
The meeting reflects the growing regional stakes in Libya, divided since 2014 between areas held by the government in Tripoli, backed by Turkey, and a rival eastern administration, backed by the UAE, Russia and Egypt.
On Tuesday, the eastern-based parliament allied to commander Haftar Khalifa called for Egypt to help counter Turkish support for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.
Turkey has helped the Tripoli administration force Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) to abandon an offensive on Tripoli.


Any major escalation could risk igniting a direct conflict in Libya among the foreign powers that have already poured in weapons and fighters in violation of an arms embargo.
In response to Turkish actions, El-Sisi last month warned that Egypt’s army might enter Libya if the Tripoli government and its Turkish allies renewed an assault on Sirte, a central coastal city seen as the gateway to Libya’s main oil export terminals.
Libyan tribal leaders flew on Wednesday to Cairo from the eastern city of Benghazi, the main LNA base, for a meeting with El-Sisi entitled “Egypt and Libya, one people, one fate.” Haftar enjoys the backing of tribes mainly from east but also former LNA strongholds like Tarhouna in western Libya.
On the flight some tribesmen were chanting “El-Sisi” and “Haftar,” a video posted online showed.
El-Sisi said at the meeting Egypt’s main goal in Libya was to “activate the free will of the Libyan people,” a presidency statement said. It also published pictures showing El-Sisi sitting next to tribal leaders, all wearing masks against coronavirus.
In June El-Sisi said Egypt could act militarily in Egypt either if the House of Representatives requested this, or simply based on the UN charter of a right of self-defense.
Eastern tribes and other factions allied to Haftar have also been involved in closure of oil ports since January. The LNA says the tribes act on their own but analysts say their activity in Haftar-controlled territory is coordinated with the LNA.
Sirte is held by the LNA and the last major western city before the historic dividing line with the east, now controlled by Haftar, two regions that were united with the south at Libya’s independence in 1951.