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2 Palestinians killed following stabbing attack in Jerusalem

23 December 2015, 17:06

Jerusalem — Two Palestinian assailants were shot and killed on Wednesday after stabbing Jewish pedestrians outside Jerusalem's Old City, the Israeli police said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attack happened outside the city's Jaffa Gate. Police shot both assailants, she said. One died at the scene and the second later, in hospital.

Three people were wounded in the attack, one of them possibly by policemen who were shooting at the assailants, according to Samri. The identity of the wounded was not immediately known.

Jaffa Gate is a popular spot for tourists visiting Jerusalem's walled Old City.

Since mid-September, near-daily Palestinian stabbing, shooting and car ramming attacks have killed 19 Israelis and an American student. At least 120 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire in the same period, including 82 said by Israel to be attackers. The rest have been killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Israel says the violence is a result of Palestinian incitement. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli military rule.

Also Wednesday, the Israeli Shin Bet intelligence agency said it had uncovered "a wide terrorist infrastructure" of the militant Islamic group Hamas in the West Bank and Israel, directed from Gaza.

The agency said it arrested 25 suspected Hamas members who operated in the area of Abu Dis east of Jerusalem and in Bethlehem, in the West Bank. Shin Bet said the militants operated an explosives laboratory in Abu Dis, and planned to carry out suicide bombings in Israel.

Shin Bet said the arrests were made in recent weeks. There was no immediate comment from Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.

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- AP


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