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Two Palestinian girls in Jerusalem shot after stabbing Jewish man with SCISSORS

  •  The man aged 70 was mistaken for an Israeli and suffered wounds to back
  •  One of the girls was killed, the other injured, and a bystander was also hurt
  •  Incident took place in the popular Jerusalem market of Mahane Yehuda
  • The attack is the latest in a two-month spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence 
  • See more of the latest news updates on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 

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Brendan Cole For Mailonline

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Associated Press


Published:
07:08 EST, 23 November 2015

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07:49 EST, 23 November 2015

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Two Palestinian teenage girls were shot by police after they stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man with scissors outside a central Jerusalem market.

Police said one of the attackers was killed, while the second was wounded. The man, apparently mistaken for an Israeli, suffered wounds to his head and back, while a 27-year-old bystander was lightly wounded, apparently from bullet shrapnel. 

The incident occurred near Mahane Yehuda, a popular outdoor market in downtown Jerusalem and caused a panicked scene in the busy area. 

Carried: Medics evacuate the body of a Palestinian women shot at the scene where police say she stabbed a man at the Mahane Yehuda market in downtown Jerusalem

Carried: Medics evacuate the body of a Palestinian women shot at the scene where police say she stabbed a man at the Mahane Yehuda market in downtown Jerusalem

Shock: A woman is taken away by emergency services after the attack. It is the latest incident in a two-month spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians

Shock: A woman is taken away by emergency services after the attack. It is the latest incident in a two-month spiral of violence between Israelis and Palestinians

Secured: Israeli soldiers at the area of the stabbing attack by two Palestinian women in central Jerusalem. A bystander was also injured in the police shootout

Secured: Israeli soldiers at the area of the stabbing attack by two Palestinian women in central Jerusalem. A bystander was also injured in the police shootout

A witness, Akram Ezyy, said the attackers looked like were ‘about 12.’ He said they were chasing after two old women with scissors when they were shot.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement the police officer ordered the girls to halt their attack, and shot them when they came toward him. The statement did not say how close the girls got to the officer.

Soon after the stabbing, a Palestinian rammed his vehicle into a pedestrian near a settlement in the northern West Bank, the military said. 

It said the civilian was lightly wounded and evacuated to hospital while the attacker fled. There have been several instances of Palestinians using their cars as weapons by crashing them into Israelis in recent weeks. 

Gathering; People at the site of the attack at Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week

Gathering; People at the site of the attack at Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week

The current wave of unrest began in mid-September over tensions surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. 

On Sunday, the Israeli military said a Palestinian stabbed a 21-year-old woman multiple times in the head and chest before nearby soldiers shot him dead.

In an earlier attack, the military said a woman pulled out a knife at a military base entrance and began approaching civilians. A local West Bank settler said he veered his vehicle off the road and struck the woman. A soldier then fired at her and killed her.

Eighteen Israelis have been killed, mostly in stabbings, while 88 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Of them, 56 are said by Israel to be attackers and the rest were killed in clashes with security forces.

Israel says the violence stems from Palestinian incitement and incendiary videos on social media. Most of the attackers have been young Palestinians in their teens and early 20s.

The Palestinians say the violence is rooted in frustration over nearly a half century of Israeli occupation and lack of hope for obtaining independence. 

Palestinians have also accused Israel of using excessive force, saying some attackers could be stopped without being killed 

The attack comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Tuesday to help ease tensions, in what is to be his first visit to the area in a year.

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