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An Israeli policeman was stabbed and lightly wounded by a Palestinian man early Tuesday in the southern city of Ashkelon.

The incident occurred when the officer approached to investigate the man, who was acting suspiciously. During the check, the man drew a knife and stabbed the officer.

A policeman was lightly wounded after being stabbed by a Palestinian man early Tuesday in the southern city of Ashkelon, police said. The assailant was shot and killed. 

Source: Times of Israel (Israel Police)

Police said the officer managed to draw his gun and shot and killed the attacker.

The Magen David Adom rescue service took the police officer to the nearby Barzilai hospital. The incident occurred at a building site in the city. Police said the attacker was a resident of Hebron in the West Bank, in his forties.

On Sunday, a Jewish Israeli man snatched a weapon from a soldier at a junction near Ashkelon before being shot dead by a top military officer, police said, in an incident that underscored tensions in the country. The man died of his wounds at the scene. The incident was initially thought by many to be a terror attack committed by a Palestinian.

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