Security Guard Stabbed in First Terror Attack Since Trump Jerusalem Decision

A security guard was stabbed in central Jerusalem on Sunday in what police described as a terror attack.

The security guard is in critical condition after a 24-year-old Palestinian man from the occupied West Bank stabbed him while approaching a metal detector at an entrance to the city’s central bus station, police said.

The alleged assailant was tackled  by a passer-by and taken into custody, police said.

The incident comes after three days of protests were held in Palestinian territory against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza border Friday, and Islamist group Hamas said two of its militants killed in an Israeli rocket strike on targets in the Gaza Strip early Saturday.

The Israeli attack was launched after Palestinian rocket attacks Friday.  

There were clashes near the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday, as security forces fired tear gas at protesters demonstrating against Trump’s decision attempted to break down a metal gate blocking entry to the compound.

Sunday’s stabbing is believed to be the first terror attack launched since Trump’s announcement.

U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East have warned that the decision risks destabilising the region.

Most countries do not recognize Israel’s claim that Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital.

Palestinians regard East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after the 1967 war with Jordan, to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.