An Israeli soldier fires tear gas at stone throwing Palestinians near the northern West Bank town of Hebron, in May
An Israeli soldier fires tear gas at stone throwing Palestinians near the northern West Bank town of Hebron, in May 2012. A Palestinian was in moderate condition after being shot by an Israeli border policeman he stabbed in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday evening, a police spokesman told AFP. © Hazem Bader - AFP/File
An Israeli soldier fires tear gas at stone throwing Palestinians near the northern West Bank town of Hebron, in May
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Last updated: June 5, 2012

Palestinian wounded after stabbing Israeli policeman

A Palestinian was in moderate condition after being shot by an Israeli border policeman he stabbed in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday evening, a police spokesman told AFP.

"A Palestinian attempted to stab a border policeman on duty at the Cave of the Patriarchs," Micky Rosenfeld said. "The policeman was injured lightly. He responded by opening fire in self-defence toward the lower body of the attacker, who was injured moderately, and received initial treatment at the site."

The Palestinian was identified by Hebron sources as Laith Meshaal, 27, of Halhul, a town just north of Hebron.

Israel's Magen David Adom emergency services said in a statement that the Palestinian used a nail to stab the border policeman, who was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem with a light head wound.

A military spokeswoman said that Meshaal was taken by an army ambulance to the same hospital in serious condition.

A spokeswoman for the hospital told AFP that Meshaal was in moderate condition and suffering from trauma. The border policeman was in light condition, she said.

The incident took place at a flashpoint religious site in the city's Israeli-controlled sector, known as the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews and the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims.

In May, a Palestinian teenager was seriously wounded in a clash with Israeli soldiers north of Hebron by a knife the military said he had carried on his body.

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