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Attempted Stabbing Attack in Hebron; Palestinian Shot and Killed

Border Police report a woman drew out a knife at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs; no security forces present were wounded.

A Palestinian woman was shot and killed in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday morning after attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, according to Border Police.
A Border Police spokesman said the woman approached the Border Police security checkpoint at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and attempted to stab the officer. The officer then fired at her, killing her on the spot. No others were wounded in the incident.
On Thursday, a Palestinian assailant stabbed and killed a teenage girl as she slept inside her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. A civil security guard responding to the attack shot and killed the assailant at the scene.
The victim, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel, was later identified as a U.S. citizen.
Also on Thursday, a Palestinian man stabbed two Israelis in the coastal city of Netanya before an armed civilian shot him down.
The two wounded, a 40-year-old ultra-Orthodox man in and a 62-year-old woman, were rushed to receive medical care in moderate and light conditions.
More details to follow.

Chaim Levinson
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.728268


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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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