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The United States on Tuesday condemned the shooting and stabbing spree in Yafo (Jaffa) that killed an American tourist and left 12 people wounded.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's outrageous terrorist attacks in Jaffa, Petah Tikvah, and Jerusalem, which tragically claimed the life of U.S. citizen Taylor Allen Force and left many others severely injured," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement quoted by AFP.

According to the report, the slain American, Taylor Force, a 29-year-old native of Texas and an army veteran, was a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, the school said in a statement.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Taylor and all those affected by these senseless attacks, and we wish a speedy recovery for the injured," Kirby said.

"As we have said many times, there is absolutely no justification for terrorism," he added, according to AFP.

"We continue to encourage all parties to take affirmative steps to reduce tensions and restore calm," Kirby stated.

The Yafo attack was one of three terrorist attacks targeting Israelis which took place on Tuesday. In eastern Jerusalem, two Border Police officers were seriously wounded in a shooting attack.

And, in Petah Tikva, a Jewish man was stabbed by an Arab terrorist but succeeded in fighting back and killing his attacker.

The victim was evacuated to hospital in moderate condition.

Following the three attacks, Israel announced a series of anti-terror measures, including a closing of the breaches in the fence around Jerusalem, new legal measures against employers of illegal Palestinian Arab workers, and the shutting down of inciting Palestinian Arab media outlets.