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Israeli police say 2 Arab attackers stab Israeli and are shot in ongoing wave of violence

  • An Israeli solder takes aim, during clashes with Palestinians near Ramallah, West Bank,  Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm during a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, in a high-profile gambit to bring an end to a monthlong wave of violence. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    An Israeli solder takes aim, during clashes with Palestinians near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm during a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, in a high-profile gambit to bring an end to a monthlong wave of violence. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Israeli man cleans blood stains at the scene of a stabbing attack in Beit Shemesh, central Israel, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Police say two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli man in the city of Beit Shemesh after attempting to board a bus ferrying children to school. Police then shot the attackers. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    An Israeli man cleans blood stains at the scene of a stabbing attack in Beit Shemesh, central Israel, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Police say two Palestinians stabbed an Israeli man in the city of Beit Shemesh after attempting to board a bus ferrying children to school. Police then shot the attackers. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks down during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Berlin, Germany Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Kerry and Netanyahu called Thursday for an immediate end to incitement blamed for a recent deadly wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis. (Carlo Allegri/Pool Photo via AP)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks down during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Berlin, Germany Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Kerry and Netanyahu called Thursday for an immediate end to incitement blamed for a recent deadly wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis. (Carlo Allegri/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Two Arab attackers stabbed an Israeli on Thursday and were then shot by police, as diplomatic efforts continued to try to bring an end to a monthlong spate of violence.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the attackers, whose identities were not immediately known, were seriously wounded. Rosenfeld said the Israeli man was lightly wounded.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said police saw the attackers stabbing the 25-year-old man near a bus stop in the city of Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, when they shot them.

The incident is the latest in a wave of near-daily attacks on Israelis by Palestinian or Arab attackers. Ten Israelis have been killed over the last month, mainly in stabbing attacks. On the Palestinian side, 47 people have been killed, 26 of them identified by Israel as attackers, the others killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

The violence erupted a month ago, fueled by rumors that Israel was plotting to take over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims. The violence was initially confined to traditionally Arab east Jerusalem but soon spread deep into Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Diplomatic efforts have kicked off in a bid to quell the violence. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a visit to the region this week and then offered the Security Council a grim assessment of prospects for defusing the violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Germany on Wednesday, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and is set to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry is scheduled to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan this weekend.