A suspected Palestinian terrorist stabbed two people in Jerusalem’s Old City on the morning (local time) of Friday, May 31. The first victim was attacked at the Damascus Gate while the second incident occurred near the Hurva Synagogue. Security forces deployed into the area and killed the suspected attacker. According to media reports, one of the victims is in serious condition. A heightened security presence is likely in the area.
Further attacks are possible in Jerusalem in the coming hours and days, particularly as pro-Palestinian groups celebrate Al-Quds Day on May 31.
Al-Quds Day was initiated by Iran in 1979 in opposition to Israel's Jerusalem Day. Iran sponsors Al-Quds Day rallies and protests in both Muslim-majority and non-Muslim-majority countries. It falls every year on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
Individuals present in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation. Due to the underlying terrorist threat, travelers in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.
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