Four Separate Stabbing Attacks Hit Jerusalem Amid Ongoing Tensions

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TEL AVIV — Five suspects were shot in four separate attempted stabbing attacks in Jerusalem on Monday, Israeli police said.

Extra police were deployed around the Old City as the latest wave of violence sweeping Israel and the West Bank showed no signs of abating.

Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take "more severe" measures in wake of the most recent attacks and asked the public to stay vigilant.

"To our shock and horror, the cruelty of murderers who attack innocent civilians and children on their way home from school knows no limit, confronting us all with a shocking form of evil," Barkat said in a statement. "We must act swiftly and decisively."

His comments came after a spate of incidents earlier in the day in and around Jerusalem.

On Monday night a man on a bus at the entrance to Jerusalem stabbed an Israeli passenger and tried to snatch a rifle from a soldier, police told NBC News. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the "terrorist" was shot and killed and a "lightly injured" soldier was transported to a hospital.

Earlier, Rosenfeld said that one "attempted terrorist" was shot and killed after pulling out a knife on officers near Lion's Gate in Jerusalem on Monday morning.

The attacker tried to stab a border policeman in his upper torso and hit the officer's protective vest, according to a tweet from Israeli Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Peter Lerner.

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Around two hours later, a female Arab was shot after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack next to police headquarters. Rosenfeld said that one officer was lightly injured; the condition of the alleged attacker was not immediately clear.

Rosenfeld said on his official Twitter account that two Israelis were stabbed in the third attack of the day. One attacker was shot and killed while the other was shot and injured at the scene in the neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, he added.

Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said the injured in the Pisgat Zeev attack were 16 and 20 years old. One was in critical condition and the other was "severely" wounded, according to the ambulance service.

Monday's violence comes after a bloody weekend which saw a 13-year-old Palestinian boy fatally shot during a clash with Israeli forces, a Palestinian women set off an explosion at a West Bank checkpoint and four Israelis were injured in a stabbing attack near the city of Hadera.

The recent wave of attacks in Israel and the West Bank have sparked fears of a third intifada, or Palestinian uprising.

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