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Israeli police: Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

13 May 2017

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli police officer near Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday and was shot at the scene.

According to police, the assailant was walking down Jerusalem's Shalshelet Street in the Old City and saw a police officer approaching in his direction.

"The terrorist rushed towards him, whipped out a knife that he had in his possession, stormed him and began stabbing him". "The force responded with determination and professionalism, and neutralized her", the spokesperson added.

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Police identified the attacker as Muhammad Abdullah Salim al-Qassagi, a 57-year-old Jordanian citizen, who arrived in Israel a week ago.

The Israeli authorities, meanwhile, say at least 48 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians over the same period. Others died during clashes and protests.

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And Palestinian media outlets are reporting that in response to the attack, Israeli forces have restricted access to al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam.

Israel and Jordan signed a peace accord in 1994.

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