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Israeli mistaken for terrorist, shot dead in scuffle

A Jewish man was shot and killed in a scuffle with Israeli soldiers who suspected he was a Palestinian attacker, police said on Thursday, in a reflection of the jittery mood that has gripped Israelis amid a spate of near-daily stabbings.

The shooting came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Germany for talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on how to restore calm. Kerry is set to meet with the Palestinians this weekend.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said soldiers deployed in Jerusalem demanded late Wednesday that the man show them his ID.

The man refused, scuffled with the soldiers and then attempted to seize one of their weapons. A private security guard nearby shot the man, and one soldier also opened fire. The man later died of his wounds.

Police said the soldiers claimed the man had asked to see their IDs and proclaimed, “I am ISIS,” referring to the Islamic State militant group.

“The soldiers had high suspicions that he was a terrorist,” Rosenfeld said. Police later said the man was a 28-year-old Jewish resident of Jerusalem, without providing further details.

Two Palestinians killed

In new violence on Thursday, police said two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli at a bus stop after they tried to board a bus ferrying children to school. Police shot the two men, one of whom later died, while the other was seriously wounded. Police said the Israeli man was moderately wounded.

Also on Thursday, Israeli troops placed a concrete barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near a Jewish holy site where thousands of faithful are expected for a pilgrimage this weekend.

The gathering threatens to heighten tensions in the city, where Palestinian demonstrators have been clashing with Israeli troops in recent weeks.


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