Jerusalem knife attacker shot dead: Israeli police

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of 17 Palestinians during their mass funeral in the West Bank city of Hebron Saturday Jan. 2 2016. The Israeli military has transferred almost two dozen bodies of Palestinians it says were involved in violence over

"The terrorist pulled out a knife and tried to stab the policeman and was quickly killed by police gunfire".

Twenty Israelis and a USA citizen have been killed in a campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings since the start of October.

Two Palestinians died Friday, including a woman Israeli police say attempted to ram Israeli forces in the West Bank, and a man who was shot by troops in clashes in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian health officials said Hani Wahdan, 22, died in the clash.

US-backed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel collapsed in April 2014 after nine months of fruitless meetings amid bitter recriminations and mutual blame.

Israel has been holding the bodies of several dozen Palestinians for fear that returning them will set off angry massive funeral processions that will lead to further violence.

The violence has been driven by Palestinian anger over Israel's occupation of the West Bank and disputes over access to the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. Troops on the scene opened fire at the attacker and seriously wounded him, the military said.

The Israeli military said that hundreds of Palestinians had gathered near the border and were trying to damage the fence by hurling rocks and rolling burning tires at it, and to prevent infiltration, soldiers opened fire at the main instigators.

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