Israeli border police in the divided West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian who had pulled and pointed what they thought was a pistol at them, dpa reported.
It later turned out to be a toy gun, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told dpa, adding that police were investigating the incident.
Several dozen Palestinians rioted in the area following the shooting, but they were quickly dispersed by large border police and army forces who arrived at the scene, he said.
The incident occurred near the Cave of the Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Mosque, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims, who believe it covers the burial cave and tombs of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah.
Hebron was divided into an Israeli- and a Palestinian-controlled part under a 1997 agreement. A few hundred heavily secured Jewish settlers live amidst some 250,000 Palestinians in the divided city.