Local residents, however, dispute the army’s claims that the woman – identified as 18-year-old Hadeel Hashlmon – had attacked a soldier.
According to a spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the woman – who has since been taken to hospital – was shot while attempting to stab an Israeli soldier.
“The soldiers heard an explosion and during a search of the sector they found the bodies of of a Palestinian killed by the explosive device he meant to throw at one of our vehicles”, she said. But following last week’s deadly rock-throwing incident, along with days of clashes at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, the city appears to be on the precipice of a crisis.
The policy was previously only practiced in the West Bank, but has now spread to occupied East Jerusalem, which is policed by Israeli forces.
Israeli authorities fear that more violence is likely when the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha coincides on Wednesday with the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday of the “risk of an intifada” if clashes over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound continue, after a meeting with French leader Francois Hollande in Paris.
The site is also the most sacred in Judaism, as it is believed to be the location of its first and second temples. Also eight Palestinian had been detained, including not less than three youths, as per police.
Violence appears to have begun Friday in Jerusalem and resulted in at least eight Palestinians being shot in the clashes, and Israeli police injuries from firebombs, according to the Associated Press.
The situation in east Jerusalem is, however, explosive, and much depends on what Israel does on the ground.
Clashes broke out during the raids, with protesters throwing fireworks, stones and other objects at police, who fired stun grenades.
In a new development, Israel has been restricting a few Muslims from the compound when Jews visit.
Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast War and has been controlling it ever since in a move condemned by the global community. Its actions, Netanyahu said, have come only to prevent violence at the site.
It also comes amid deep rifts in Palestinian politics between the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamist terrorist group Hamas, which rules Gaza. King Abdullah of Jordan has been subtly threatening that if Israel does not cease its activities on the Mount, Jordan will take measures such as withdrawing its ambassador from Tel Aviv or summoning the Israeli ambassador in Amman to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry for a reprimand and warning.