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Jerusalem knife attacker shot dead: Israeli police

Palestinian eyewitnesses said that Mahdeya Hammad is a mother of four children and was killed while driving her auto in an area where dozens of Palestinian young men and Israeli soldiers were clashing.

Israeli security forces said they shot dead two Palestinian assailants on Saturday in separate incidents in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, as 12 weeks of heightened violence showed no sign of abating.

The other Palestinian who died was a man who was shot by troops in clashes in the Gaza Strip. Magen David Adom paramedics said that one victim in the attack suffered moderate injuries and the second person is lightly injured.

People placed candles on a symbolic coffin during a rally to pay tribute to Palestinians who organisers.

The attack in Hawara was the fifth stabbing or attempted stabbing of the day.

The attack came shortly after Israeli police officers arrested a Palestinian man in Jerusalem’s Old City in possession of a knife.

The Israeli military, while confirming the incident, said that one Israeli soldier was injured. Forces on the scene opened fire and killed both assailants.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, criticised the Palestinian Authority – which he said “encourages and incites” the attacks – at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. “The terrorist whipped out a knife and tried to stab a police officer”. A nearby security guard apprehended the attacker who was then taken into police custody. Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration at almost five decades of Israeli military rule.

Also stoking the violence has been Muslim opposition to stepped-up Israeli access to Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque complex, which many Jews revere as a vestige of their biblical temples.

Israeli forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the village of Silwad, northwest of Ramallah, on December 26, 2015.

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