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Two Palestinians killed after Jerusalem knife attack

Published 23/12/2015

Two Palestinians were shot and killed outside Jerusalem's Old City (AP)
Two Palestinians were shot and killed outside Jerusalem's Old City (AP)

Two Palestinian assailants were shot and killed after stabbing Jewish pedestrians outside Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli police said, the latest in an unrelenting wave of violence that has gripped the region.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attack happened outside the city's Jaffa Gate, a popular spot for tourists visiting Jerusalem's walled Old City.

She said police shot both assailants who were later identified as Palestinians in their early 20s from the West Bank. One died at the scene and the second later in hospital.

Three people were seriously injured in the attack, one of them possibly by policemen who were shooting at the assailants, according to Ms Samri.

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 a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli military rule.

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