Palestinian woman shot dead after stabbing attempt

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters, not seen, during clashes at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem. (File photo: AP)

A Palestinian woman attempted to stab Israeli border police guards at a flashpoint West Bank shrine on Friday and was shot dead, Israeli police said.

They said that no police were wounded in the attempt at the site in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

It was the third violent incident in two days.

On Thursday morning, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a US-Israeli teenager in her home at a Jewish settlement adjoining Hebron, before being shot dead by security guards.

That evening, in the Israeli seaside town of Netanya, a Palestinian from the northern West Bank stabbed a man and woman, both Israelis, before being shot dead by a passing civilian, police said.

Hebron has been a flashpoint in a spate of deadly unrest that has rocked Israel and the Palestinian territories since last October.

Several hundred Jewish settlers live in a tightly guarded enclave in the heart of the city of more than 200,000 Palestinians, a persistent source of tensions.

Kiryat Arba lies on the outskirts of the city and has a population of more than 7,000.

The violence since October has killed at least 213 Palestinians, 33 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48