Man dies as gunfight erupts in Jerusalem

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A Palestinian gunman opened fire on Israeli police officers just outside the walled Old City of Jerusalem yesterday, killing a passer-by and wounding a police officer.

A Palestinian gunman opened fire on Israeli police officers just outside the walled Old City of Jerusalem yesterday, killing a passer-by and wounding a police officer.

The shooting came after a Palestinian militant died in the West Bank, apparently as a result of a clash with Israeli troops, and just before the second round of high-level meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials aimed at easing tensions after 21 months of violent conflict.

The passer-by, an Arab, was shot and killed in the eastern part of the city, an area dominated by Arabs and normally bustling with people shopping in local markets. Earlier police said it was the gunman's fire that killed the passer-by but police later said they were not sure because police also fired shots, trying to stop the fleeing gunman.

Police vacated the area and launched a search for the gunman, and a suspect was arrested about an hour later. (AP)

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