Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

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Samri added that the attacker is a 57 year old Jordanian man who entered the country a week ago on a tourist Visa, and added that the police is still investigating his background, including the reason of his visit.

Israeli police said a Jordanian tourist was shot dead after he stabbed and injured a police officer in East Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday.

"The terrorist rushed toward him, whipped out a knife that he had in his possession, stormed him and began stabbing him. The police officer responded with determination and in a professional manner, managed to activate his weapon and neutralized him", Simri said.

Israel's ambulance service Magen David Adom said the police officer was not severely wounded.

"The Israeli government, which is the occupying force, bears responsibility for the shooting of a Jordanian citizen in occupied East Jerusalem which led to his martyrdom", the statement read.

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

There was no comment from either the Jordanian or Palestinian side on the report. Seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same time period.

Magen David Adom received calls for the terror attack near the Lion's Gate to the Old City at about 1:15PM.

Israel has blamed the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, the Israeli authorities say. Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule.

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