Israeli police shoot dead Palestinian man after alleged assault on police officer

At least 127 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed since early October

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A man who allegedly tried to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem has been shot dead.

Israeli police say an officer was assaulted when they approached the man near Jerusalem's Old City.

Officers opened fire, fatally wounding the man.

The latest incident raises the death toll to at least 127 Palestinians killed since early October, with Israeli authorities having described a majority as assailants.

20 Israelis have also been killed.

The violence has been driven by anger over Israel's occupation of the West Bank and disputes over access to the Al Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. Israel has blamed Palestinians for the outbreak of violence.