Stabbing attacks thwarted in Jerusalem and West Bank

2015-10-17 10:53


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Tel Aviv - An Israeli police officer in Jerusalem shot dead a Palestinian who had allegedly attempted to stab the officer, officials said on Saturday.

No one was injured, police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said.

The attack came after an Israeli civilian in the West Bank city of Hebron reportedly shot a Palestinian who had attempted to stab him, Israeli security officials said.

Israeli media reports said the alleged attacker was killed.

Tensions have ran high in Israel and the West Bank for several weeks, with some two dozen Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis since October 6.

The unrest has been fuelled in large part by Palestinian fears that Israel wants to change the status quo observed for decades at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.

The mosque sits on a site in the Old City called the Temple Mount by Jews and the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims.

Israel has repeatedly denied that it plans change the long-standing agreement that says Jews may visit the site but not pray there.

Violence and demonstrations over access to the site, which is holy to both religions, began earlier this month and have spread to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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