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2nd Palestinian killed after stab attack, Israeli woman injured

Oct. 14, 2015 7:43 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 15, 2015 1:09 P.M.)
A file photo of the scene of a stabbing attack in East Jerusalem in June 2015.(AFP)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A second Palestinian was shot dead on Wednesday by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing an Israeli woman by the central bus station in West Jerusalem, Israeli police and media said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that a 70-year-old Israeli woman was moderately to seriously injured in the stabbing attack, with a Palestinian suspect shot at the scene.

The Palestinian is believed to beAhmad Shaaban, 23, from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood.

Amjad Abu Asab, head of a committee for Jerusalem detainees, said that Shaaban was detained on April 29, 2012 and was convicted by an Israeli court for a confrontation with Israeli settlers.Shaaban spent three years in prison and was released seven months ago.

Shaaban reportedly attempted to board an Egged bus in the area after stabbing the woman and was shot dead by Israeli border police, Israeli news site Ynet said.

Earlier,Basil Bassam Ragheb Sidr, 20, was killed by Damascus Gate in EastJerusalemafter being shot multiple times by Israeli forces.

Sidr allegedly drew a knife after beingapproachedby Israeli forces and then fled down aflightof steps, where he was shot in footage captured by an MSNBC news crew.

The video footage show what appears to be a mobile phone and a knife in his hands.

Witnesses said the man was"executed in cold blood" after beingshot with 14 bullets and left to bleed on the ground. Israeli forces deployed in the area and shouted "terrorist, terrorist" at the suspect before shooting him, they added.

The latest killings bring the number of Palestinians killed since Oct. 1 to 32. Seven Israeli have been killed in the same time period.

On Tuesday, two Palestinians were shot and killed after they allegedly carried out attacks that killed three Israelis and injured up to 27 in four separate attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday.

In the wake of the attacks, Israel's government immediately suggested punitive measures against Palestinians, including the closure of Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and arming more Israeli citizens with guns.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israel’s security cabinet announced that Israeli police are now entitled to "impose a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem, in accordance with security considerations," according to reports by Israeli news site Haaretz.

The cabinet also gave approval for the revocation of residency status for Palestinians who carry out attacks as well as the police closure of occupied East Jerusalem.
Joe Fattal / USA
Let me put it this way. Netanyahu got his wishes. He was asking for trouble and he is getting some. MSNBC, FOX, CNN and other networks around the globe are all there but comments in the US are not too favorable to Israel. Read all about it, its there.
14/10/2015 20:07
Arnold-Canada / Your take on the comments ...... but not correct
As long as Palestinians keep up these attacks on private citizens I do not believe CNN , FOX, MSNBC are going to change people's minds and turn them against Israel. Now if these Palestinians turn their attacks against the police and IDF they have a better chance to sway Americans.
14/10/2015 22:15
Mrs. Fattal / USA
This Ahmad Shaaban, 23, from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood, must be one tough cookie to take on a 70 year old unarmed woman!
15/10/2015 00:26
Joe's mom / US
You cannot make this up, stabbing a seventy year old woman.
15/10/2015 00:28
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