Violence has again broken out near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate Plaza, where police on Wednesday shot and killed a man dressed in combat fatigues and armed with a knife.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the incident began when border police saw a man who seemed nervous and suspicious.
As officers approached him, Samri said, the man allegedly lunged at them with a knife. The man then ran toward another police unit, members of which yelled out, “He’s a terrorist,” before they fatally shot him, Samri said.
The Israel Security Agency identified the perpetrator as Basel Sider, 19, of the West Bank city of Hebron. He had no record, the agency said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas struck a defiant tone as he addressed residents in a televised speech.
He assigned blame to Israel for committing what he called “extrajudicial executions.”
Abbas said that peace and security would never exist in the region until a Palestinian state was established and warned of Israeli plots to undermine Palestinian objectives.
“Peace and security will never be achieved unless there is an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” Abbas said.
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