In 2nd attack, Palestinian tries to stab policemen in Jerusalem
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In 2nd attack, Palestinian tries to stab policemen in Jerusalem

Attacker shot dead by security forces in Armon Hanatziv; comes after similar incident in Hebron where Palestinian tried to stab Israeli, who shot him

File: Israeli security forces stand next to the body of a Palestinian who attempted to stab a Border police officer in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, on October 17, 2015.  (AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)
File: Israeli security forces stand next to the body of a Palestinian who attempted to stab a Border police officer in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv, on October 17, 2015. (AFP/AHMAD GHARABLI)

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead as he tried to stab Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood on Saturday morning, in the second such incident in the span of less than an hour.

There were no reports of injuries among the security forces.

According to the IDF, the teen was stopped for routine questioning in the capital amid heightened tensions, before pulling out a knife and attempting to stab the officers.

He was later identified by Palestinian media as Muataz Awisat, 16, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

The incident in Armon Hanatziv came four days after a deadly attack in the same neighborhood in which two Israelis were killed when two Palestinian terrorists boarded a bus and began a shooting and stabbing spree. One attacker in that attack was killed at the scene by security forces, while the second was wounded and taken into custody.

Earlier Saturday, a Palestinian man was critically wounded when he was shot by an Israeli man he tried to stab near Hebron. The attacker died of his wounds shortly thereafter.

He was identified by Palestinian and Hebrew media reports as Fadel Muhammad Kawasmeh, 18, from Hebron.

According to initial reports, Kawasmeh approached his would-be victim, pulled out a knife and lunged; he was shot by the armed Israeli man, who was not hurt in the attempted attack.

The incident took place in a Jewish neighborhood of Hebron, a frequent flashpoint city where a few hundred Jews live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Palestinians.

The attempted attack came a day after a Palestinian man posing as a press photographer stabbed an Israeli soldier in the same area, moderately wounding him.

The attacker, identified as Eyad Khalil Awawdeh, 26, was shot dead by security forces at the scene.

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Saturday’s incidents were the latest in a spate of near-daily attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces across Israel and in the West Bank.

Since October 1, seven Israelis have been killed and dozens injured in 30 separate stabbing or attempted stabbing attacks by Palestinian assailants..

On the Palestinian side, 39 have been killed so far, including 17 attackers. The rest died in clashes with IDF troops either in the West Bank or along the Gaza border. Two of the casualties, a pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter, were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on October 11, which came in response to an earlier rocket attack.

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