Palestinian Stabs Israeli Border Police Officer Near Ramallah and Is Shot Dead

Assailant may have been wearing explosive belt ■ Israeli officer sustains moderate injuries

A Palestinian man, likely wearing an explosive vest, is carried into an ambulance after being shot by Israeli forces for stabbing a soldier near Ramallah, December 15, 2017.
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A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer between the settlement of Beit El and the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank on Friday afternoon. He was shot by Border Police on the scene and later died of his wounds. 

The officer who was stabbed sustained moderate injuries.

A video of the incident near Ramallah.

Israeli forces are investigating whether the explosive belt the assailant was wearing was genuine. The assailant is suspected of pretending to be a journalist, approaching the officers and stabbing one of them.

Also on Friday, three Palestianians were killed and 290 were wounded in clashes that broke out in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem between Israeli security forces and Palestinians protesting the Trump administration's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israeli security forces stand guard as Palestinian protesters gather in the West Bank city of Ramallah, December 15, 2017.
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