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Israeli police: Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

Israeli police: Jordanian stabber shot dead in Jerusalem

Jordan has blamed Israel for the death of Mohammed Skaji, a 57-year-old Jordanian tourist who was shot dead after stabbing a police officer in Jerusalem on Saturday.

"The terrorist rushed toward him, whipped out a knife that he had in his possession, stormed him and began stabbing him".

They said he brandished a knife and stabbed the policeman in one of the alleys of the Old City before the wounded officer, who had just come off duty, shot him dead.

The minister said the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, through the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv, is following up on the killing of Jordanian citizen Mohammad Kasji to look into the incident.

"The Israeli government, which is the occupying force, bears responsibility for the shooting of a Jordanian citizen in occupied east Jerusalem which led to his martyrdom", government spokesman Mohamed Momani said in a statement.

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In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement that Israel expected Jordan to condemn the attack.

Magen David Adom received calls for the terror attack near the Lion's Gate to the Old City at about 1:15PM. During that same time, Israeli forces have killed some 245 Palestinians.

Israel says the Palestinian leadership is inciting the violence.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to try and broker a historic peace deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to Ma'an documentation, the Palestinian was the 22nd to have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year. Israel has identified majority as attackers.

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