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Israeli police foil stabbing attack, kill assailant

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police say they foiled a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, killing the assailant as he attempted to stab security forces.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says no Israelis were wounded in the attempted attack Wednesday, which took place outside Jerusalem's Old City. Police did not immediately provide details of the alleged attacker's identity.

Later Wednesday, police said a 70-year-old Israeli woman was stabbed in an attack outside Jerusalem's main bus station. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker attempted to board a bus before he was shot by forces at the scene.

Samri said the woman was moderately wounded. The attacker's identity and condition were not immediately known.

The violence comes as Israel has begun deploying hundreds of troops in a bid to counter a wave of attacks.

Wednesday's incident brings the Palestinian death toll since the start of the current wave of violence to 30, among them 13 identified by Israel as attackers with the others killed in clashes. Eight Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.

Also on Wednesday, dozens of Palestinian protesters were clashing with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Masked Palestinians were throwing stones at forces who were responding with tear gas and stun grenades.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports that the Al Aqsa mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, is at the center of this wave of violence.

Last month some Israeli politicians said Palestinian access should be restricted, which set off what some Israelis are calling the "third intifada."

Video of the violence - like one of Israeli soldiers shooting a Palestinian woman holding a knife - is widely shared on social media, fueling anger and paranoia.


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