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Israeli guard injured in Jerusalem stabbing attack

The attack comes amid tension across the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

An Israeli security guard was seriously injured in a stabbing attack in West Jerusalem on Sunday, according to Israeli police.

An assailant approached the guard and stabbed him near the central bus station in West Jerusalem before running away, according to Israeli media.

A police spokesperson said that the attacker was a 24-year-old Palestinian man, who was detained by police.

Israeli daily Maariv said the attacker was from the West Bank city of Nablus and held an Israeli work permit.

There was no Palestinian reaction on the attack at the time of publishing the report.

The attack comes amid tension across the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump's decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in a 1967 war, to be occupied territory, and say the status of the city should be left to be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks.

While the international community has almost unanimously disagreed with Donald Trump's announcement, reports suggest that the announcement was done with the pre-agreement of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi Arabia going as far as, allegedly, stating to the Palestinian President to accept a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem as the alternative Palestinian capital.

Since the announcement, Saudi Arabia's royal court has sent notices to the nation's media outlets to limit the airtime given to protests against Trump's announcement.

Emboldened by Trump's annoucement, Israeli housing Minister Yoav Galant decided on Friday to promote a plan to build 14,000 new settlement units in the occupied Jerusalem.

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