On Saturday afternoon, there were clashes with security forces after around 150 Palestinians demonstrated near the wall of the Old City in east Jerusalem to protest an Israeli policy of keeping the bodies of killed attackers rather than returning them to their families, a police statement said. Eyewitnesses refuted the military allegations.
JERUSALEM (AP) – Israeli policemen shot and killed a Palestinian as he tried to stab them in Jerusalem on Saturday, police said, while another Palestinian was shot dead in the West Bank after ramming his vehicle into a checkpoint, the military said, in the latest incidents in over three months of unrelenting violence.
Earlier an Israeli soldier was stabbed at the main bus station In Jerusalem where many soldiers catch buses back to their bases after a Shabbat break at home.
Since the start of October, Israeli forces or armed civilians have killed at least 130 Palestinians, 81 of whom authorities described as assailants.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has voiced concerns over the excessive use of force and “extrajudicial killing” of Palestinians by Israeli forces.
The area of the stabbing, just south of Nablus in the West Bank, has been a flashpoint for attacks in recent days.
Israeli forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the village of Silwad, northwest of Ramallah, on December 26, 2015.
The incident, in Huwara in the northern West Bank, was the second of the day. The man aroused suspicion while walking through the Christian Quarter of the Old City, when asked to show ID he pulled a knife.
The surge in attacks has been partly fueled by Palestinian frustration over the collapse of U.S.-sponsored peace talks in 2014, the growth of Jewish settlements on land they seek for a future state and Islamist calls for the destruction of Israel.
Violence has also been prompted by anger over stepped-up Israeli visits to Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound.