Four police wounded as knifeman enters Jerusalem base

Israeli borderguards take aim as Palestinian protestors gather near the West Bank checkpoint of Qalandia, on the outskirts of Ramallah, on December 15, 2017 as demonstrations continue to flare in the Middle East and elsewhere over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

JERUSALEM: A man wielding a knife entered an Israeli border police base in annexed east Jerusalem provoking a scuffle in which four officers were wounded, police said on Thursday.

The assailant was seriously wounded as he was overpowered by officers during the rare attack inside a security force base late on Wednesday, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

The attacker, who was not immediately identified, had scaled a fence around the base between the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabel Mukabar and the settler district of Armon Hanatziv before being spotted.

Rosenfeld did not confirm local media reports that one of the officers was wounded by shots fired at the assailant.

A wave of stabbing attacks against Israelis by lone-wolf Palestinian assailants erupted in 2015 but has since become sporadic.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.