Israeli forces killed a Palestinian armed man in the occupied West Bank and a Palestinian woman who tried to stab officials in the old city of Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli police said.
Police said in a statement that Israeli soldiers and paramilitary police shot and killed a Palestinian who was shooting at them during an operation near the city of Jenin in the West Bank.
A Palestinian medical source confirmed the death of a 22-year-old man. The Islamic Jihad militant group issued a statement saying that he was one of its members and that he was killed in a shooting with Israeli forces who were raiding.
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In the old city of Jerusalem, Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to stab her, police said, identifying her as a resident of the West Bank.
The woman approached officials in front of an entrance to the city’s holy site, known as the Al-Aqsa Complex by Muslims and the Temple Mount by Jews, police said in a statement to the Associated Press.
“After approaching them, she drew a knife and tried to stab the crime scene officers, who responded by shooting them,” the statement said. “Medical personnel who arrived at the scene pronounced them dead.”
The violence came amid tensions exacerbated by the deaths of five Palestinians, at least four of whom were identified as members by the Hamas militant group, on Sunday in shootings with Israeli forces conducting arrest raids in the West Bank.
Palestinians have committed numerous car accidents, gunfire and knife attacks against Israeli soldiers, police officers and civilians in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in recent years. Palestinians and Israeli human rights groups say security forces often use excessive force.
Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including its old town, in the Middle East War in 1967. Palestinians want to found a state with East Jerusalem as the capital in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Associated Press contributed.