Jordanian man killed by Israeli police after 'stabbing' incident

A 57-year-old Jordanian terrorist who crossed into Israel in the Beit Shean area earlier in the week made his way to Jerusalem and attacked on Shabbos.

A Jordanian citizen stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then shot him dead in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday, Israeli police said, the latest in a string of street attacks.

The 37-year-old police officer was taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in moderate condition after the incident near the Lions' Gate.

Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Momani said Jordan holds Israel responsible for the killing of its citizen and denounced the "crime".

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau called the Jordanian minister's statement "outrageous", saying it amounted to an expression of support for a terrorist attack.

The incident comes against the background of increasing stabbing attacks in Israel committed by Palestinians. "Terror is terror wherever it is". During that same time, Israeli forces have killed some 245 Palestinians.

Since 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British student, mainly in stabbing assaults. The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies incitement and says that in many cases Israel has used excessive force in thwarting attackers armed with rudimentary weapons. The Palestinians say it is rooted in almost 50 years of military occupation and dwindling hopes for independence.

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