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2 Palestinians shot dead during firefight, bystander wounded

March 9, 2016 9:29 A.M. (Updated: March 11, 2016 6:49 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police shot dead two Palestinians outside Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday morning after they opened fire in the area -- continuing a string of deadly encounters that shook Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories a day earlier.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the two Palestinians initially opened fire on an Israeli bus in the illegal settlement of Ramot in occupied East Jerusalem, before fleeing the scene without causing any injuries.

The shooting sparked a massive manhunt across Jerusalem, with Israeli police later spotting the car outside the Old City's New Gate.

Rosenfeld said that a gun battle erupted between Israeli police and the two Palestinians, with both gunmen shot dead. They were later identified as Abd al-Malak Saleh Abu Kharoub,19, and Muhammad Jamal al-Kalouti, 21.

A Palestinian bystander was also shot in the head in the crossfire. The man, identified as Imad Abu Ali, 57, a resident of Jerusalem's Old City, was rushed to Hadassah hospital in critical condition.

Rosenfeld said Israeli police were investigating the possibility that Israeli police had shot the bystander.

The incidents come after a day of bloodshed in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, with four Palestinians shot dead after they carried out separate attacks that killed an American tourist and wounded at least 12 Israelis.

Ma'an video footage taken moments after the two Palestinians were shot dead
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