Israeli-Palestinian violence flares up in West Bank and Jerusalem

Extra garrisons of Israeli troops deployed to the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday amid escalating violence that has already taken seven lives in the past two days.
By Miriam Griffin | Jul 26, 2017
Extra garrisons of Israeli troops deployed to the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Saturday amid escalating violence that has already taken seven lives in the past two days. The soldier broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians while international observers expressed concern over the latest unrest, which they say is the worst that Israel has seen in years.
On Friday, three Palestinians were killed in violent clashes that had erupted over Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mound compound, where Muslims gather to pray in the walled Old City in Jerusalem. Hours later, a Palestinian stabbed three Israelis to death and wounded another while they were all eating dinner in a West Bank settlement.
Afterward, a fourth Palestinian died in a separate clash outside Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. It did not release any further details about the circumstances of his death.
Russia, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations all said in a joint statement that they are "deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem." They called for "restraint" on all sides.
Israeli forces found the knife-wielding Palestinian assailant and seized his home in an armed raid. But the metal detectors around the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mound are still a point of contention. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removes the metal detectors.
Israel's security cabinet will meet on Sunday and discuss alternatives to the metal detectors, two anonymous Israeli officials told Reuters.

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