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Obama: No justification for attacks against innocent

US President Obama has condemned the attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem where three US citizens died as a terrorist act, saying "there is and can be no justification against attacks against innocent civilians". He called for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and citizens to work together to lower tensions.

I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more.

There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence.

At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace

– US president Barack Obama

Clashes as Israeli police make arrests in east Jerusalem

Dozens of police officers clashed with Palestinians in the Jabal Mukaber area of east Jerusalem as they raided homes and made several arrests.

The raids come as Israeli police named cousins Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal, from Jabal Mukaber, as being responsible for the synagogue attack which killed four people, including one British-Israeli.

Police fired tear gas as residents of the neighbourhood threw stones. According to witnesses Israeli policemen forced their way into homes to conduct searches and several arrests were made.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a militant group, said the cousins were its members, but did not specify whether they had instructed the cousins to carry out the attack.


Palestinian President calls for cessation of violence

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at a press conference today in Ramallah, West Bank. Credit: APTN

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a press conference today to condemn the attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem today, but also took the opportunity to speak out against "Israeli aggression".

While we condemn this action we also condemn the Israeli aggression on the holy sites, like burning mosques and churches.

All of these actions are not helping the Palestinian and Israeli interests to establish a Palestinian state and live side by side in peace.

We call for a complete cessation in the violence in order to continue the political path that leads to peace in the Middle East.

– Mahmoud Abbas

US State Department confirms three American victims

Israeli police and the US State Department has confirmed one of the victims of today's attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem was Rabbi Mosheh Twersky, who taught at a seminary in the city.

Twersky was from a Hassidic line and grandson of Joseph Soloveitchik, a renowned Boston rabbi who died in 1993.

The two other American victims, Aryeh Kupinsky and Cary William Levine, also held dual American-Israeli nationality.

The fourth victim of the raid was British-Israeli Avraham Shmuel Goldberg.

Funeral service underway for three synagogue victims

The funerals of three of the four victims killed in an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue are taking place today.

Among them was British-Israeli dual national Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, and two of three American-Israelis also targeted in today's attack.

Speaking from the scene, ITV News Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent said the atmosphere in the city had changed from one of shock and anger to one of grief.

He said earlier today, people had been chanting and demanding the death of the four Jewish men be avenged, and said political leaders were now fearing a series of "tit-for-tat" attacks.


Picture of synagogue killers released by police

Pictures of the two men behind a fatal attack at a Jerusalem synagogue have been released by police.

Synagogue attackers Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal Credit: Israeli police

The pair have been named in Palestinian media as Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal, cousins from the Jabal Mukaber area of east Jerusalem, and are believed to have been members of a small militant group.

Synagogue killings were 'revenge' for bus driver death

The fatal attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem was carried out in "revenge" for what local websites describe as the "lynching" of a bus driver found dead yesterday, ITV News understands.

Yussuf al-Ramuni was found hanged in his vehicle - and while Israeli authorities say it was suicide, Palestinian groups have voiced suspicions it was murder.

ITV News Middle East correspondent Geraint Vincent has been at the scene today:

Clashes as nine arrested over synagogue killings

People in east Jerusalem have clashed with Israeli security forces as they arrested nine people after a fatal attack at a synagogue.

The men, armed with knives, a handgun and a meat cleaver,stormed into the building this morning as around 25 people were gathered inside to pray.

They have been named in Palestinian media as Ghassan and Udai Abu Jamal, cousins from Jabal Mukaber, and are believed to have been members of a small militant group.

An Israeli police spokeswoman confirmed that some of those arrested were related to the two men.

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