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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Armed with Knife

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Armed with Knife

Saturday, 22 February, 2020 - 11:30
Israeli forces gather near the dead body of a Palestinian woman at the scene of an incident at a checkpoint, east of Jerusalem January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Israeli forces shot and killed a suspect in Jerusalem's annexed Old City Saturday after he approached officers posted near one of the gates armed with a knife, police said.

Police did not immediately release further details on the identity of the suspect. But said that at approximately 11 am a man approached border police officers at Lion's Gate armed with a knife.

Police responded by calling upon him to stop. But they shot and killed him after he continued to approach them, they said in a statement.

A woman in the area was "injured lightly by shrapnel" and taken to hospital, the statement added. 

On Friday, police reported an attempted stabbing south of Jerusalem.

Israel has heightened security in Jerusalem in recent weeks due to elevated tension in the region after US President Donald Trump unveiled a Middle East Peace plan that Israel has embraced while Palestinians rejected as one sided.

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