Palestinian assailant shot dead by Israeli security forces

Israeli security forces have shot dead a Palestinian assailant behind a pair of recent shooting attacks.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that in a joint operation with the military early today forces tracked down the suspect.

He said the 34-year-old Palestinian opened fire at the forces with an automatic weapon. The troops returned fire, shooting him dead.

On Friday, three Arab citizens of Israel opened fire at a Jerusalem holy site, killing two police officers before being shot dead.

In a first in decades, the site was closed. Israel says it will be gradually reopened.

Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 45 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist.

Israeli forces have killed more than 255 Palestinians, most of them identified as attackers.

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