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Israeli police: Officers shoot, kill 2 Palestinians after separate stabbing attacks

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JERUSALEM — Israeli police officers on Saturday shot dead two knife-wielding Palestinians in response to separate stabbing attacks against Israeli officers, police said.

In the first incident, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a 17-year-old east Jerusalem resident named Ali Mohammed Abu Ghannam approached a roadblock with a butcher's knife and tried to attack officers there. Samri said officers shot Abu Ghannam dead after he refused to lay down his weapon. Dozens of Palestinian youth clashed with police forces following the incident. The youths hurled rocks at the police, who responded with tear gas.

Later, in the West Bank city of Hebron, a Palestinian attacked a police officer there, stabbing him several times in his head and chest. The officer was evacuated to a hospital and was in stable condition. Sabri said other officers on the scene opened fire on the assailant and killed him.

The attacks come a week after Israeli authorities say a 37-year-old Palestinian man intentionally rammed his car into a group of Israeli Jews near Jerusalem, killing one man and seriously injuring a woman.

Israel has seen a number of isolated vehicular and stabbing attacks in Jerusalem in recent months, raising fears of a renewed wave of Palestinian violence like the one that gripped the country a decade ago.

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