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Palestinian shot after stabbing Israeli in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man who then shot and wounded her in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday after some of the tight security measures imposed following a series of deadly Palestinian attacks were lifted, police said.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said "the female terrorist" stabbed an Israeli man from behind in his upper body, lightly wounding him. The man drew his gun and fired, wounding her seriously, Samri said.
Both have been taken to a hospital.
Israel's channel 2 TV said the attack took place near the site where a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man to death and wounded his wife and toddler on Saturday. The assailant then attacked and killed another Israeli man before he was shot by police.
Samri said an unprecedented measure barring nonresident Palestinians from Jerusalem's Old City was lifted "following security assessments" on Tuesday evening.
Another measure banning men under the age of 50 from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compound for prayers was also lifted. Israel has imposed the ban at times of unrest in the past as it is mostly young Palestinians who throw rocks at the holy site.
That site has been at the heart of the recent tensions. The hilltop compound is revered by Muslims as the spot where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and by Jews as the site of the two Jewish biblical Temples. There have been several days of clashes at the site over the past few weeks as Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the Al-Aqsa mosque while hurling stones, firebombs and fireworks at police.
The unrest later spread to Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and to the West Bank.
Earlier, a relative of one of five Palestinians arrested by Israel over the killing of an Israeli couple in the West Bank says troops took measurements of their homes in an apparent prelude to demolishing them.
Ayman Masri, whose nephew was among those arrested, says Israeli troops raided five homes in the West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday. Palestinian official Qadura Fares says another five were raided elsewhere.
Israel's military had no immediate comment.
Israel says the arrested men shot and killed the couple in front of their four children in a drive-by attack last week.
On Tuesday Israel demolished homes of two Palestinian militants who carried out deadly attacks in Jerusalem last year. The policy is meant to deter attacks.