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Israel: Palestinian stabs 2 border police


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JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian man on Friday stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, Israeli police said.

The attacker stabbed an officer in the neck, and in an ensuing struggle stabbed another in the arm before fleeing, said police spokeswoman Luba Samri. Police are searching for the attacker.

The stabbing took place at the Lion's Gate in east Jerusalem shortly after morning prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, the third most sacred place in Islam. There has been a wave of attacks in Jerusalem amid heightened tensions over the compound, which is considered the holiest site in Judaism because it is where the biblical Hebrew temples stood.

Meanwhile, an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem said it was continuing treatment for a Palestinian boy who was wounded this week during a clash between Israeli border police and Palestinian demonstrators in east Jerusalem.

The 5-year-old boy, Mohammed Obeid, was returning home from kindergarten when a rubber bullet shot by Israeli police struck him in the face, said his grandfather, Ibrahim Obeid.

Police spokeswoman Samri said Palestinians threw fire bombs and fireworks at border police, who responded with "riot-dispersal means." She said she did not know if the boy was injured during the incident but that police are investigating.

At the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on Friday, Israeli troops shot a Palestinian who was climbing on the border fence, the army said. Troops shot him in the lower part of his body and took him for medical treatment and questioning, the army said.

Israel's supreme court meanwhile ordered authorities to demolish one of the oldest and most contentious Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank. The court said the hilltop outpost of Amona must be evacuated within two years.

Amona was established in 1995 on private Palestinian land without Israeli government permission. In 2006, Israeli police demolished nine homes at the outpost, setting off clashes pitting settlers and their supporters against police and soldiers. Several dozen trailers have remained.

The government put off dismantling the rest of the outpost despite court deadlines. Settlers say they have bought some of the land where the outpost sits, but the Palestinian landowners say some of the sales were fictitious.

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Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh contributed to this report from Ramallah, West Bank.

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