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Palestinian shot dead in 2nd Damascus Gate stabbing, 3 police injured

Oct. 10, 2015 4:15 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2015 11:39 P.M.)
Israeli forces at the Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem. (AFP/File)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot dead Saturday after an alleged stabbing attack that left three Israeli policemen injured in the second attack at Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem in one day.

An Israeli police spokesperson said the area had been closed off following the attack, adding that the officers were being treated at the scene.

Israeli news site Haaretz reported that the incident took place after two officers asked the Palestinian for identification outside Damascus Gate.

He reportedly presented his ID before stabbing the officers, wounding one in the neck. Policemen standing nearby then opened fired, killing the Palestinian and also wounding two police officers, including one of those who had been stabbed.

Witnesses told Ma'an that there was heavy gunfire after the stabbing.

The Palestinian was identified as Muhammad Saed Ali, 19, from Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, where two other Palestinians have been shot dead byIsraeli forces since Friday.

Earlier on Saturday, 16-year-old Ishaq Badran was shot dead after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the same area, lightly injuring two Israelis. The two were reported by Israeli media to be 62 and 65 years of age.

The attacks were the latest in a series of attacks carried out by both Palestinians and Israelis that have rocked Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

The death of the suspected attacker brings the total number of Palestinians killed since Oct. 1 to 18. Four Israelis, including two settlers, have been killed in the same time period.

Since Friday morning, seven Palestinians have died from wounds sustained in demonstrations in Gaza, 19-year-old Muhammad al-Jaabari was shot after allegedly stabbing an Israeli border policeman in a Hebron settlement, and Ahmad Salah, 24, was killed during clashes in Shufat, in addition to Friday's suspected Jerusalem attackers.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on Thursday that the first week of October has "witnessed the most significant escalation in violent attacks and clashes across the West Bank, particularly in East Jerusalem, since June 2014."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has referred to a recent flare of stabbings as a "result of wild and mendacious incitement" by Palestinian leadership.

Palestinian leadership meanwhile has blamed the ongoing Israeli military occupation, restrictions at the Al-Aqsa mosque, and ongoing attacks by Israeli settlers as the root cause of the recent violence.
Olga / USA
To sojourn. The term doesn't fit either side, or? Should I say...we have no right to call them sojourners nor they us. Shooting your own is dumb. Why don't we all step back from this and watch them from afar?? Keep a low profile, see what happens. If we're scarce they'll calm down?
11/10/2015 08:16
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