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Report: Attacker stabbed nine people on Tel Aviv bus

Police near the scene of the attack in Tel Aviv Credit: Reuters

Israeli news website JPost reports that an attacker stabbed at least nine people on a bus in Tel Aviv today.

The report describes the assailant as a "suspected terrorist" and says that he entered Israel illegally.

Pictures from the scene showed police investigators boarding the bus and a number of ambulances.


Shared agony in ceremonies to honour Paris dead

Mourners in different lands and with religions shared their agony today as they laid those killed in the Paris attacks to rest.

French president Francois Hollande led a ceremony at the Paris Police headquarters for the three officers killed in the attacks, while the bodies of the four French Jews shot dead in a kosher deli have been flown to Israel for burial.

ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

Palestinian jailed for role in deaths of three Israelis

Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were killed in June. Credit: Reuters

A Palestinian man has been jailed for life for 'masterminding' the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli youths which set off a chain of events leading to the 50-day Gaza war last summer, Reuters reports.

The court found that Hussam Kawasmeh, who was reportedly a member of the militant Hamas Islamist group, planned the abduction in which Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, were shot dead while hitchhiking in the occupied West Bank in June.

Israeli media reports that the youths were found buried on land bought by Kawasmeh and he received 200,000 shekels to fund the attack which he used to buy the car used in the abductions along with weapons.

Two Hamas operatives suspected of having killed the teenagers died in a firefight with Israeli forces at their West Bank hideout in September.

Palestinian 'Santa Claus' tear-gassed by Israeli troops

A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus was tear-gassed by Israeli troops and had to be carried to safety.

A protester dressed as Santa Claus has to be carried away by medics Credit: Reuters

The man was among hoards of people demonstrating against the Israeli settlements, demanding free movement for Palestinians during Christmas.

The protest, near a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, included many more wearing Santa-style hats and bearing banners reading: "We want Christmas without occupation".

The protesters were demanding free movement for Palestinians over Christmas Credit: Reuters


Israel launches airstrike against Hamas in Gaza

Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza Strip. Local hospital officials said there were no casualties.

The militant rocket fired earlier landed in a field in southern Israel and no one was injured.

Remove Hamas from terrorist list, EU court rules

Palestinian members of Hamas's armed wing taking part in an anti-Israel rally in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip last month. Credit: Reuters

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from a European Union list of terror groups, a court has ruled.

The General Court of the European Union said, however, that member states could maintain their freeze on the group's assets for three months to give time for further review or to appeal.

The court said the previous decision to name Hamas on the list had been based on media reports rather than considered analysis.

Hamas says it is a legitimate resistance movement and welcomed the verdict.

However, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly called on Europe to return Hamas to the list immediately, denouncing it as "a murderous terrorist organisation".

Conflicting autopsy reports after death of Palestinian minister

Israeli and Palestinian officials have issued conflicting accounts over the results of an autopsy on a Palestinian minister who died after being shoved and grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest on Wednesday.

Ziad Abu Ein appears to be grabbed by an Israeli soldier during the protest. Credit: Reuters

Hussein al-Sheikh, a top Palestinian official, told Reuters that Jordanian and Palestinian doctors involved in the late night examination of the body said Ziad Abu Ein, 55, had died from being struck, inhaling tear gas and not receiving prompt medical attention.

But an Israeli medical source familiar with the autopsy results told Reuters the minister died from a heart attack which may have been brought on by the stress of being grabbed by the neck.

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