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Palestinian killed in alleged knife attack in Jerusalem

April 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Israeli police officers at Qalandia Check Point on 22 November 2016 [ Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian was shot dead in an alleged stabbing attack in East Jerusalem on Saturday, according to Israeli police.

Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri in a statement the Palestinian stabbed and lightly injured two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli police forces opened fire on the assailant and he was “likely dead”, the spokesperson said.

The Palestinian health ministry, meanwhile, confirmed that a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli police in East Jerusalem.

On Wednesday, a Palestinian woman was shot dead in Jerusalem after allegedly carrying out an attempted knife attack.

Since October of 2015, around 270 Palestinians have been shot dead after carrying out alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli armed forces.

Israeli authorities say at least 47 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians over the same period.