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Israeli police shoot dead alleged Palestinian attacker

Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man today after he reportedly stabbed two police officers in Jerusalem.

Police shot dead the man after he wounded two officers in a knife attack Credit: Reuters

The alleged attacker was shot by officers after an assault on two officers outside the walled Old City.

Israeli police described the man as a "terrorist," saying he had "stabbed and lightly wounded" his victims.

"The team responded by gunfire and neutralised the terrorist," police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

In a continued state of heightened violence, 164 Palestinians and 28 Israelis have been killed since October.

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Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli security forces

The incident happened near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Credit: Google Maps

A Palestinian woman who allegedly tried to stab a soldier was shot dead by Israeli security forces on Saturday, Israel's military has said.

No Israelis were injured in the attack, which happened in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

"An assailant drew a knife and attempted to stab a soldier," the army said in a statement. "Responding to the attack, forces fired at the perpetrator, resulting in her death."

The army said the incident occurred near Hebron's shared religious site known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, a site of frequent friction between the sides.

Since the start of October, 27 Israelis have been killed during a series of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. According to Israeli authorities, at least 158 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the same period.

Palestinian peace negotiator arrested for spying

Palestinian officials say they have arrested a member of their peace negotiating department for spying for Israel.

The man, whose name was not released, is part of the management staff in the umbrella Palestinian Liberation Organisation's (PLO) negotiations department and is accused of "collaborating with Israel", a security official told Reuters news agency.

Palestinians take part in a protest just outside Jerusalem's Old City Credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Another official said the suspect had been arrested two weeks ago.

The development likely to deepen distrust between the sides at a time of deadlocked diplomacy and simmering street violence.

Israeli officials did not immediately respond.

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John Kerry 'deeply concerned' over Israel-Palestine clashes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken separately to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to express "deep concern over the recent wave of violence".

A Palestinian protester returns a tea gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes. Credit: Reuters

In a statement the Department of State said Kerry "reiterated the importance of strongly condemning violence and combating incitement."

It comes after four Palestinian teenagers were killed and five Israelis wounded on Saturday, as violent outbursts between the two sides escalate.

Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza's border fence, Palestinian medics said, and Israeli police said they had killed three knife-wielding Palestinian assailants in Jerusalem.

Two separate knife attacks were carried out on Saturday near Damascus Gate, one of the main entries into Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have called for calm, but there has been little sign of the violence abating.

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