Israeli forces Friday shot dead a Palestinian woman who allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a flashpoint occupied West Bank shrine, Israeli police said, the third attack to result in a Palestinian being killed in less than two days.
They said that no police were wounded in the attempt at the site in the city of Hebron known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs.
It was the third violent incident in Israel and the Palestinian territories in two days and came as Muslims neared the end of their holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Israeli media identified the slain Palestinian woman as 27-year-old Sara Hajaj from the village of Bani Naim in Hebron, Maan news agency reported.
Since the start of October, the recent surge in violence has raised concern of wider escalation. Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 200 Palestinians. Meanwhile, almost daily stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by frustrated and unarmed Palestinians have killed 32 Israelis and two Americans.