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Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli in Hebron

Dec. 7, 2015 4:10 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 2, 2016 4:31 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- A young Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli man near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron's Old City on Monday afternoon, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said Israeli Border Police shot the Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli man in his 40s.

The Israeli was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment in critical condition.

Locals identified the Palestinian as 21-year-old Ihab Fathi Miswadi. They said Israeli forces prevented Palestinian emergency services from reaching him to medical care after he was shot.

The soldiers did not provide any medical care themselves, locals said.

The Ibrahimi Mosque, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, has been the site of a number of deadly encounters in recent months.

The holy site has been surrounded by a series of tightly controlled checkpoints since 1994, when a US-born Israeli settler, Baruch Goldstein, massacred 29 Palestinians inside the mosque.

Hebron city has borne the brunt of violence since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October.

The city center is home to some 800 notoriously aggressive settlers, who live under the protection of thousands of Israeli forces, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.

Roughly a third of the 113 Palestinian fatalities since the beginning of October have taken place in Hebron district, the majority in Hebron city.

While Israel has alleged that many of these Palestinians were attacking Israelis when they were killed, both Palestinians and rights groups have disputed these claims in a number of cases.

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