JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli police spokesman says a Palestinian was killed after he threatened officers near a holy site in the West Bank.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says a group of police officers were on guard near the site in Hebron when a Palestinian approached, pulled out a handgun and aimed it at them in a threatening way.
Rosenfeld says the officers opened fire, killing the man. He says the gun later turned out to be fake. An investigation has been launched into the incident.
Israeli-Palestinian tensions are high in the biblical city. Much of the animosity surrounds a holy site, sacred to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
About 500 Israelis live there in heavily guarded enclaves amid 170,000 Palestinians.
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