Palestinian tries to stab Israeli forces, shot dead: police

 22 May 2017 - 15:54

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli forces, shot dead: police
FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian woman lies on the ground after she was shot and wounded by Israeli security forces at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on December 30, 2016 (AFP / Abbas Momani)


Jerusalem:  A Palestinian tried to stab Israeli police in the occupied West Bank on Monday and was shot dead, Israeli authorities said as US President Donald Trump visited Jerusalem.

The incident occurred in the Abu Dis area, near Jerusalem but located in the West Bank. No police officers were hurt, Israeli police said.

There was no indication that the alleged stabbing attempt was linked to Trump's visit. Several such incidents have occurred in recent months.

Further details on the identity and age of the Palestinian were not immediately available.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 266 Palestinians, 41 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, the Israeli authorities say.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The violence has subsided in recent months.