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Palestinian stabbing suspect ‘neutralized’ in east Jerusalem: Israeli police

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Israeli police said officers “neutralized” a Palestinian stabbing suspect in annexed east Jerusalem Saturday after an attack that left an Israeli man in critical condition.

“One person was critically wounded and taken to hospital” after the knife attack, police said.

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Israeli media said the stabbing victim was a religious Jew in his 20s.

“The suspect stabbed a passer-by with a knife and fled” the scene north of the Old City, police said.

Following a brief manhunt, the suspect was “neutralized” in east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, police said, without immediately elaborating on his condition or identity.

Violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has surged in recent months, amid an uptick in anti-Israeli attacks and near daily raids by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.

More than 115 Palestinian fighters and civilians have been killed this year, the heaviest toll in the West Bank for nearly seven years, according to the United Nations.

Israel seized east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move not recognized by most of the international community.

Some 200,000 Israelis live in the sector as well as 300,000 Palestinians.

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