Two schoolgirls stab Israeli in Jerusalem, one shot dead

Published November 23rd, 2015 - 11:13 GMT

Israeli forces shot two Palestinian teenage girls, killing one and wounding the other, after they were allegedly involved in a stabbing attack near a central Jerusalem market on Monday morning, Israeli police said.

The incident took place near the Mahane Yehuda market on Jaffa Street, with Israeli media initially reporting that two Israelis were wounded in the alleged attack.

However, a spokesperson for Hadassah hospital later confirmed that one of those injured was a 70-year-old Palestinian resident of Bethlehem, who had a light stabbing wound in his back, and the other was a 27-year-old Israeli security guard who was shot in the hand, possibly by friendly fire.

The Palestinian girls were 16 and 14 years old, Israeli police said. One of them died soon after the incident, while the other was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem.

A hospital spokesperson said that she had been taken into the operating room in serious condition, with two bullet wounds in her stomach. The spokesperson was unable to confirm the girl's age, as she was taken to the hospital without any identification.

The girls were reported by Israeli media as having used scissors to carry out the alleged attack.

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