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Palestinian Authority/Gaza, September 19, 2016

2 Palestinians attempt knife attack near Hebron

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Israeli security forces thwarted an attempted stabbing attack on Monday afternoon at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Security forces shot two Palestinian assailants near the holy site, killing one and critically wounding the other. Police reported that one officer was lightly wounded in the incident.

According to Border Police, the two would-be assailants were Hebron residents who had sought to attack Israeli forces at the site.

The two suspects apparently approached the Border Police officers and brandished knives in an attempt to stab them.

Border Police officers opened fire toward the two. According to Border Police, one of the attackers was killed and the other was in critical condition.

The incident was the second act of Palestinian violence on Monday and the eighth terror incident in the past four days.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian assailant stabbed and seriously wounded two Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Old City.

The terrorist, who was reportedly in his early 20s and from east Jerusalem's volatile Ras al-Amud neighborhood, was shot and seriously wounded at the scene by an officer.

Monday's incidents followed a thwarted stabbing attack Friday near Damascus Gate in which a Jordanian terrorist was shot and killed after charging police with a knife.

Following an uptick in attacks over the past four days in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for heightened security.