Meanwhile, a Palestinian man was shot dead under the pretext that he attempted to stab an Israeli police officer in occupied East Jerusalem.
A man tried to stab an Israeli police officer on Saturday near Jerusalem’s Old City and was killed, a police spokeswoman said. Israel says 88 of them were attacking or attempting to attack Israelis while the rest died in clashes with Israeli troops. A fourth Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, according to a Palestinian hospital official.
Thousands of Palestinians attended a funeral procession Saturday for a 38-year-old Palestinian mother who was shot and killed by Israeli gunfire a day earlier.
The military said the pair of attackers stabbed the soldier at a gas station near the Hawara crossing, south of Nablus. A nearby security guard apprehended the attacker who was then taken into police custody.
Initial reports indicate that the assailant held an Israeli identification card and was a 30-year-old man from a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
A wave of violence since the start of October has claimed the lives of 133 people on the Palestinian side, 19 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean.
Two Palestinians killed in the last week were shot dead during clashes with Israeli military forces, while the rest were killed by forces during attacks on Israeli military and civilians.
The surge in attacks has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over the collapse of U.S.-sponsored peace talks in 2014, the growth of Jewish settlements on land they seek for a future state and Islamist calls for the destruction of Israel. The site, Islam’s holiest outside Saudi Arabia, is also revered by many Jews as a vestige of their biblical temples.
Israeli leaders says Islamist groups who call for the destruction of Israel have played a major role in inciting the recent violence.
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