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Police Kill Two Palestinians After Stabbing, Wounding 3 Israelis in Jerusalem

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Israeli emergency services officers evacuate the body of a Palestinian assailant form the site outside Jerusalem’s Old City, Dec. 23, 2015.

Israeli emergency services officers evacuate the body of a Palestinian assailant form the site outside Jerusalem’s Old City, Dec. 23, 2015.

Israeli police have shot and killed two Palestinians who stabbed three Israeli pedestrians near Jerusalem's Old City, the latest in violence carried out by Palestinians and Israeli defensive measures.

A police spokeswoman says one of the Palestinians shot in Wednesday's attack died at the scene and the other one at a hospital.

Medical officials say the three Israelis were seriously wounded.

The attack happened outside Jaffa Gate, a popular spot for tourists visiting Jerusalem's Old City.

A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians in recent months has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen. Israeli forces or armed civilians have killed at least 118 Palestinians, most of whom authorities have described as assailants. Others died in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Also Wednesday, Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency said it arrested 25 Palestinians linked to the terrorist group Hamas for planning bombings and suicide attacks against Israelis.

The agency said it uncovered a "wide terrorist infrastructure" of Hamas in the West Bank directed from the Gaza Strip. Officials said the militants operated an explosives laboratory in Abu Dis in the West Bank and planned to carry out attacks in Israel.

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