Israel: Palestinian woman tries to stab officers, is killed

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2016 6:03 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli security forces was shot and killed by officers in Jerusalem's Old City, Israeli police said Tuesday.

The woman was from east Jerusalem and in her early fifties, police said. The paramilitary border police officers were not injured, they said. The incident took place on a heavily patrolled street where other stabbings have occurred.

It was the latest in over five months of Palestinian attacks that have killed 28 Israelis. At least 172 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during that time. Most of them were attackers and the rest were killed in clashes, Israel says.

Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli rule over the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israel says the violence is fueled by Palestinian incitement.

Also Tuesday, Israeli security forces sealed shut the West Bank home of a Palestinian who killed an Israeli border policeman in a November car-ramming attack in the West Bank. Israel says home sealing and demolitions are an effective tool to deter attacks. Critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment.