Israeli police: Palestinian shot dead after attack

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 19:15 hrs

An Israeli police spokesman says a Palestinian was killed after he threatened officers near a holy site in the West Bank.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a group of police officers were on guard near the site in Hebron when a Palestinian approached, pulled out a handgun and aimed it at them in a threatening way.

Rosenfeld says the officers opened fire, killing the man. He says the gun later turned out to be fake. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions are high in the biblical city. Much of the animosity surrounds a holy site, sacred to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.

About 500 Israelis live there in heavily guarded enclaves amid 170,000 Palestinians.

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