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Palestinian stabs Israeli police in east Jerusalem; gets shot

A Palestinian stabbed and wounded two Israeli police officers in east Jerusalem near the Old City today before being shot by forces at the scene, police said.

By: | Jerusalem | Published: September 19, 2016 1:56 PM
Photo for representational purpose only. (Source: Reuters) Photo for representational purpose only. (Source: Reuters)

A Palestinian stabbed and wounded two Israeli police officers in east Jerusalem near the Old City today before being shot by forces at the scene, police said.

Medics said a policewoman in her 20s was seriously wounded in the attack and a 45-year-old policeman was moderately wounded. A police spokeswoman said the perpetrator was a 20-year-old from east Jerusalem and believed to be in critical condition.

Today was the sixth attack on Israeli security forces or civilians since Friday after a three-week lull in a nearly year-long wave of violence.

The attack took place by the Herod’s Gate entrance to the Old City, a short distance from the Damascus Gate where on Friday a Jordanian was shot dead after attempting to stab a police officer.

Since October, 227 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, one Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed in ongoing violence, according to an AFP count.

Israeli forces say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during protests and clashes.

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