Jerusalem: Israel police shoot dead gunman after soldier’s death

Image copyright AFP Image caption The victim’s family say they believe he was shot in the back by the attacker

Police have shot dead the gunman who shot and killed an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem on Friday.

Police said he was killed in a gun battle after officers tried to stop him near the Damascus Gate, a heavily-guarded entrance to the Old City.

He was among several Palestinians who fired a rocket-propelled grenade at Israeli security forces around the same time.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killings.

“The shooting of [an Israeli] soldier and injuries to four others were the work of terrorists,” he said in a statement.

“This shouldn’t have happened, in any circumstances. The attack will be dealt with harshly by the Israeli army and the police.”

Addressing the United Nations Security Council on Friday evening, Mr Netanyahu said: “This murderous attack just happened [on Friday] morning. We have dealt with terrorists in a tough way in the past few months. We should continue to do so in order to prevent them from doing harm.”

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A military vehicle secures the site of the attack

The Jerusalem attack was one of several shootings that took place during “innocent people’s pursuit of their daily lives”.

Around 6.00pm local time the Israel Defense Forces shot dead at least six Palestinian gunmen during stone-throwing clashes in the southern West Bank, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian man stabbed a soldier near the Old City in a suspected revenge attack for a week-long wave of stabbing and shooting assaults, which left 19 Israelis dead.

Five Israelis were killed in an attack in Jerusalem on Monday – including two children. Two Palestinians, including an 18-year-old, were killed in the shooting on Tuesday.

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