Published: Sat, September 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Palestinians, Jordanian killed after attacking Israelis

It was the second violent incident today, after a 28-year-old man was shot dead in Jerusalem while attempting to stab police officers. Official figures said that 225 Palestinians and 40 Israelis were killed.

There was no immediate word on the assailant's condition.

The military added that three Israelis were wounded, one critically.

Damascus Gate, a key tourist site and one of the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City, has become a backdrop for the violence between Israel and Palestinians that erupted nearly a year ago.

Instances of violence in the capital have decreased considerably in recent months amid an increased police presence.

Israeli police said the man rushed at the officers with a knife in each hand, before being shot and killed.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the dead Palestinian as Firas Khadour, according to the AFP news agency. A knife was found in the vehicle, it said. More than 220 Palestinians have been killed as well as 34 Israelis and two American visitors.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Jerusalem, said the man had come in through the Allenby bridge crossing from Jordan on Thursday, quoting Israeli police.

Global powers have criticised its continued settlement expansion in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, with more than 500,000 Israelis now living in communities the worldwide community considers illegal. About 213 Palestinians have also died during that same time; Israel says the majority were attackers.

According to Israeli authorities, most of the them were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. The man in the vehicle was shot dead by soldiers and the woman was wounded and taken to an Israeli hospital, according to the Israeli army.

Israel blames the violence on a campaign of incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify and encourage attacks.

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