Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian in Jerusalem on Monday (October 12). The man had reportedly attacked an Israeli border police officer with a knife at the Lions Gate entrance to the Old City.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said: “Paramilitary police officers noticed the man acting suspiciously and ordered him approached to be searched.”
“The man attacked an officer with a knife, but he was wearing a protective vest and was not injured,” Rosenfeld said.
Four Israelis and 24 Palestinians including eight children have died in 12 days of bloodshed. That is being fuelled in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and Jews as the Temple Mount.
Israeli officials last week reportedly urged residents to carry weapons for protection amid the increased tension and violence.
Those calls have been criticised by a former Foreign minister who said that shifting the job of protection from state to citizen would lead to chaos.