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Palestinian woman tries to stab Israeli police, shot dead

A Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City

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A Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday and was shot dead, Israeli authorities said, the latest in a five-month wave of such attacks.

The incident occurred hours before US Vice President Joe Biden was due to arrive for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Israeli police said the woman moved toward border police officers, pulled a knife from her bag and sought to stab them near Damascus Gate, the main entrance used by Palestinians to enter the walled Old City where several attacks have occurred.

The woman was said to be around 50 years old and from Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, where Damascus Gate is also located.