JERUSALEM:–Three Palestinian assailants were shot dead on Wednesday while carrying out a shooting and stabbing attack that wounded two Israeli paramilitary policewomen at an entrance to Jerusalem's walled Old City, Israeli police said. It was the latest in a spate of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians that has killed 26 Israelis and a US citizen since October. Israeli forces have killed at least 155 Palestinians, 101 of them assailants according to authorities. Most of the others have died in violent protests.–Reuters

A police spokeswoman said the Palestinians launched the attack at the Damascus Gate, a busy plaza in East Jerusalem, after being stopped by police for an identity check.