Jerusalem | Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem after a day of violence in the city left two people wounded and an attacker killed. The bloodshed, and the closure of a Palestinian radio station accused of incitement, came with Israeli security forces struggling to halt two months of Palestinian knife, gun and car-ramming assaults.
Several weeks ago, an Israeli security crackdown in Jerusalem, including roadblocks in Palestinian neighbourhoods, was followed by a lull in attacks in the city, but violence has returned. Late last night Israeli border police killed 17 year old Ayman Samih Abassi during clashes in occupied east Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said.
An Israeli police statement said that officers fired at a Palestinian holding a petrol bomb in the Ras al-Amud neighbourhood after they came under attack from a volley of the missiles, but they could not confirm hitting him. About 10 petrol bombs were thrown at border police officers in Ras al-Amud, the statement said. The force, whose lives were in immediate danger, fired at the lower body of a suspect who was seen with a petrol bomb in his hand, it added.
A hit could not be definitely identified. Early yesterday, a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli border police officer at Damascus Gate, a main entry point for Palestinians to east Jerusalem’s Old City. The attacker was identified as Bassem Salah, 38, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Later, a foreign woman of around 30 was lightly wounded in a stabbing near a bus stop in west Jerusalem and the attacker fled.
Police said a Palestinian suspect was later arrested near the scene. Further details on the victim were not immediately provided. Violence since October 1 has left 101 dead on the Palestinian side, including an Arab Israeli, as well as 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean.
Many of the Palestinians killed have been alleged attackers, while others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes. Israeli troops yesterday shot and wounded a Palestinian during what the army called a violent riot in the occupied West Bank.
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