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Palestinian shot dead after allegedly injuring 2 Israelis in Jerusalem

Dec. 6, 2015 8:12 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 1:02 P.M.)
Israeli police stand in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, October 5, 2015. (AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly injured two Israelis in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian, identified as a 21-year-old from Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem, was shot and killed after he allegedly hit one Israeli with his car, before stabbing another with a knife.

However, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that one of these Israelis was injured when he was apparently "hit by a vehicle that passed by the scene as he was attempting to flee."

Rosenfeld initially reported that a third Israeli had been injured during the incident, but later confirmed that this person was treated for shock.

A spokesperson for Shaare Zedek hospital confirmed that two Israelis were brought there with "very light" wounds. She said that one of them was an Israeli soldier, who appeared to have been stabbed, while the other had been hit by a car.

The scene of the incident, in West Jerusalem's Romema neighborhood, was closed off by Israeli police.

Human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Israeli forces for excessive use of force against Palestinians who did not pose an imminent threat.

At least 112 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of October. While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

The attacks that have taken place -- claiming the lives of 19 Israelis -- have been accompanied by a wave of popular unrest that has swept the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.
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