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Palestinian shot, killed after stabbing Israeli policeman in Jerusalem

Dec. 3, 2015 5:48 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 4, 2015 11:20 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian was shot and killed near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday evening after stabbing an Israeli police officer.

An Israeli police spokesperson said the officer was stabbed in Jerusalem, with the attacker "shot and killed" at the scene. The policeman, who is in his mid-thirties, suffered moderate injuries and was transferred to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

Israeli police identify Jerusalem stabber as a 21-year-old Palestinian from the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem.

Israeli forces arrived in the area and closed off the scene of the attack.

The incident took place on a section of Hanevim Street near Damascus Gate in the Old City.

Although initial reports said the Israeli policeman was critically wounded in the stabbing attack, Channel 2 news later said he was hit by friendly fire as Israeli forces shot at the perpetrator.

Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said the victim suffered stab and shooting wounds and was in a moderate condition.

Earlier, a Palestinian was shot and killed after opening fire on Israeli soldiers stationed at the Hizma military checkpoint north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank, injuring two Israelis.

The Palestinian liaison department identified the Palestinian as Mazin Hasan Ureiba from Abu Dis.

Ureiba was an officer in the Palestinian Authority general intelligence service and a father of four, sources told Ma'an.
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