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Palestinian shot after alleged stabbing attempt in Jerusalem

Jan. 4, 2016 5:07 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 5, 2016 4:08 P.M.)
(AFP/Ahmad Gharabli/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and moderately wounded after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli police officer in central Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, Israeli police and medics said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld initially reported that two Israelis were wounded in the alleged attack near Jerusalem's light rail, with the Palestinian "terrorist" shot and wounded.

However, a spokesperson for Hadassah hospital later confirmed that neither Israeli had sustained stab wounds. "No one got stabbed," she said.

She said that a 15-year-old girl had received a very light injury to her leg, although the cause was not clear, while a 29-year-old student was also lightly injured when he fell to the ground during the incident.

The Palestinian, meanwhile, was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in moderate condition. A spokesperson for the hospital said that he had been shot three times and was unconscious but stable.

In the violence that has shaken the occupied Palestinian territory since the beginning of October, nearly 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis.

While Israel had alleged 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 more than 20 Israelis -- have been accompanied by a wave of popular unrest.
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