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Palestinian killed after alleged stabbing attack

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A Palestinian man was shot dead after allegedly stabbing an Israeli policeman in the Damascus Gate area on Sunday.

According to Israeli police, the 38-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank ran towards two border police officers with a knife and wounded one before being shot.

The Damascus Gate is the main entry point for Palestinians to the walled Old City of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.

Also on Sunday, an Israeli woman was allegedly stabbed and lightly wounded by a Palestinian near a bus station in West Jerusalem.

The Palestinian fled the scene, with Israeli forces in pursuit, according to Israeli police.

The latest attack raised the death toll to 103 Palestinians killed since early October. Twenty-one Israelis have also been killed after violence erupted in Jerusalem with tensions over the sensitive Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Violence swiftly spread to the flashpoint southern West Bank city of Hebron, where hundreds of Jewish settlers live under Israeli army guard among 200,000 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, the army shut down the Dream radio station in the city earlier on Sunday – the third private broadcaster in Hebron it has closed – after being accused of stoking the violence.

An Israeli minister raised the threat last week of shutting down Palestinian public broadcasters too, alleging they were guilty of fanning the flames. News24

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