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Israeli stabbed in Jerusalem's Old City, attacker shot dead

At least 32 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since US President Donald Trump announced embassy move to Jerusalem
An Israeli ambulance is seen at the site of a stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem's Old City on 18 March (AFP)

A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday before being shot dead by a police officer, Israeli authorities said.

"Attacker with knife shot dead," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Various media reports claimed the assailant was a Turkish national, but Israel's Shin Bet domestic security service told AFP he was a Palestinian from the West Bank.

Israel’s Magen David Adom ambulance service said one person was stabbed in the upper body and was in critical condition. An Israeli police spokesman confirmed the attack, near the Western Wall, and said the assailant was "neutralised" but gave no further details.

The attack comes after a Friday car ramming attack by a Palestinian near Jenin in the northern West Bank that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded two others, according to the army.

Tensions were high after Hamas called for a day of rage on Friday to commemorate 100 days since US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians also see the city as their capital and Trump's recognition broke with decades of US policy that Jerusalem's status would be negotiated between the parties.

At least 32 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since Trump's announcement, which set off major protests.