Israelis stabbed in Jerusalem attacks

Two Palestinians shot dead by police after three stabbing attacks

Palestinians have carried out three stabbing attacks against Israelis and police in Jerusalem, with two of the attackers shot dead.

Two Palestinians stabbed two Israelis, prompting police to open fire, killing one of the attackers and wounding the other, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Police said the victims, one aged 16 and the other 20, were seriously wounded in the attack in Pisgat Zeev, a Jewish area in traditionally Arab east Jerusalem.

Earlier yesterday, police officers noticed a Palestinian man acting suspiciously and ordered him to take his hand out of his pocket, said Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

The man attacked an officer with a knife, but the officer was wearing a protective vest and was not injured.

Other officers shot the attacker dead, police said. The attack took place near the Lions Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City on the predominantly Arab eastern sector.

In the afternoon, an Israeli police officer confronted a Palestinian woman who was acting suspiciously, Samri said. The woman stabbed and lightly wounded him before he shot and wounded her, she said.

The attack took place near police headquarters, in an area that straddles the eastern district and the predominantly Jewish west.

Recent days have seen a series of stabbing attacks in Israel and the West Bank. Nine of the attackers have been shot dead.

Past weeks have also seen violent demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, and at least 16 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, including a mother and toddler killed on Sunday in a Gaza air strike.

At the start of the month, two Israelis were killed in a West Bank shooting attack and two Israelis were stabbed to death in Jerusalem.

Last month an Israeli motorist was killed when Palestinians hurled stones at his vehicle in Jerusalem, causing it to crash.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the violence on incitement by groups including the Islamic Movement, which runs religious and educational services for Arab citizens of Israel.

Netanyahu is seeking sanctions on the group, which has led a campaign accusing Israel of plotting to take over a sacred Old City compound revered by both Jews and Muslims, a claim Israel denies.

Israeli police said they have arrested a local leader of the Islamic Movement in the Bedouin Arab town of Rahat in southern Israel who was suspected of organising a group of protesters who vandalised security cameras and other property in the town on Friday.

EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in phone calls on Sunday evening to avoid action that could increase tensions, and called on both sides to agree on “substantial steps which would improve the situation on the ground”.


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