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Israeli forces clash with Palestinians at holy compound

Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinians in Jerusalem's al-Aqsa compound as Jewish worshippers attempted to enter the shrine.

Israeli border police increased their presence near the entrance to the Al-Aqsa compound, revered in Islam and Judaism, as Jewish worshippers prepared to attempt to enter the compound to pray for the recovery of a right activist shot last week by a Palestinian gunman.

Worshippers flee as blasts - possible from stun grenades - are heard at a scared site in Jerusalem Credit: Reuters

Israeli police said Palestinians began throwing stones and firecrackers at police officers minutes before the sacred plaza was to open for visitors.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers used stun grenades to disperse the crowd and the situation was now under control.

Omar Alkeswani, a Palestinian manager of the al Aqsa mosque, said police entered mosque - something they deny - and that 20 people were wounded in the clash.


Israeli far-right activist 'shot and wounded' in Jerusalem

Police attend the scene of the shooting in Jerusalem. Credit: RTV

Israeli far-right activist Yehuda Glick has been shot and wounded outside a conference promoting a Jewish campaign to be permitted to pray at an Old City compound holy to both Jews and Muslims, Israeli media reported.

Police would only confirm that a man on a motorcycle had shot and wounded a Jewish man in his 50s outside the Menachem Begin Centre complex located near the walled Old City.

Baby dies as car slams into crowd in Israel 'terror attack'

A baby has been killed and eight people injured after a car slammed into a packed crowd in Jerusalem in what police described as a "terrorist attack".

The driver was shot by police as he tried to run away after ploughing his vehicle into the pedestrians and was in serious condition in hospital.

Israelis stand behind a police barrier near to the wrecked car in the attack at a stop on the city's light railway in Jerusalem. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad
Police said the driver, identified as a 21-year-old Arab resident of the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, has a 'terrorist background'. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad
Two of the injured pedestrians remain in serious condition in hospital after the attack at around 6pm local time as passengers alighted the train. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad


MPs to vote on recognising Palestine as a state

MPs will take part in an historic vote tonight that will call on the Government to recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel.

Tonight's debate is considered to be the first lengthy talks on the issue in Parliament since 2012.

Credit: PA Archive

It follows the collapse of peace talks between Israel and Palestine and the most recent conflict in Gaza, which claimed the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians - mostly civilians - as well as 70 Israelis.

A motion before MPs urges them to support the view that the Government should recognise Palestine as a state, although an amendment suggests this step should be taken once peace negotiations have successfully concluded.

Prime Minister to abstain in Palestine vote

David Cameron will abstain in a vote on whether the UK should recognise Palestine as a state, Downing Street said.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Cameron's spokesman added that the vote in Parliament will not alter Government policy.

Sweden became the first major member of the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine earlier this month.

Sweden officially recognises state of Palestine

Sweden is to recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major member of the European Union to do so.

r Stefan Lofven (front 2nd L) said Sweden will recognise the state of Palestine. Credit: Reuters

The prime minister of the new centre-left government Stefan Lofven said the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a "two-state solution".

"Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine," Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.

Hungary, Poland and Slovakia recognised Palestine before they joined the EU, making Sweden the first country to acknowledge Palestine while being a member of the bloc.

More than 2,000 people were killed after a seven-week conflict between Israel and Hamas earlier this year.

Israel teen murder suspects killed in shoot out

Two Palestinians suspected over the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers that sparked this summer's Gaza bloodshed have been killed in a shoot-out with Israeli forces, the army said today.

Israel military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said the suspects were killed in the West Bank.

The teenagers' abduction in the West Bank sparked a massive manhunt, leading to the arrest of hundreds of activists of the Islamic militant group Hamas and eventually led to the war in Gaza.

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