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Palestinian woman shot trying to stab Israeli troops

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say officers shot a Palestinian woman who attempted to stab troops outside a contested holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The police said in a statement on Wednesday that the woman “drew a knife with the aim of carrying out a stabbing attack” on Israeli forces outside the site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque and to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

The woman was treated by Israeli paramedics and has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Palestinians have killed over 60 Israelis in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks since 2015. Israeli forces have killed over 260 Palestinians in that same period. Israel has described most of the Palestinians killed as attackers, but occasional clashes between protesters and soldiers have also turned deadly.

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