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Israeli police shoot man dead in Jerusalem

Israeli police have shot dead a man who tried to stab one of them in East Jerusalem.

Tension has increased in Jerusalem in recent weeks Credit: Reuters

Police said their officers killed the man after he attacked an Israeli trooper who had tried to search him. The trooper's protective vest save him from injury.

The incident on Monday in a part of Jerusalem's Old City is the latest in a spate of Palestinian street attacks, police said. Tensions have risen because of the increased number of Jews visiting a site nearby holy to both Muslims and Jews.

John Kerry 'deeply concerned' over Israel-Palestine clashes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken separately to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to express "deep concern over the recent wave of violence".

A Palestinian protester returns a tea gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes. Credit: Reuters

In a statement the Department of State said Kerry "reiterated the importance of strongly condemning violence and combating incitement."

It comes after four Palestinian teenagers were killed and five Israelis wounded on Saturday, as violent outbursts between the two sides escalate.

Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza's border fence, Palestinian medics said, and Israeli police said they had killed three knife-wielding Palestinian assailants in Jerusalem.

Two separate knife attacks were carried out on Saturday near Damascus Gate, one of the main entries into Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas have called for calm, but there has been little sign of the violence abating.

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Israeli air force strikes Gaza after two rocket attacks

Israeli warplanes hit three targets in Gaza following earlier rocket attacks launched at Israel, officials have said.

The Israeli Defence Force say that the Iron Dome defence system intercepted one rocket and another exploded in an open area in the city of Sderot.

Reuters say the overnight air strikes targeted two training camps belonging to the Islamist group Hamas, causing no injuries.

Haaretz report that a group calling itself the Omar Brigades, which identifies with the so-called Islamic State, took responsibility for the rocket fire, but the IDF said in a statement that Hamas must carry "the responsibility" for the attack.

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Israel hits Syrian Golan Heights following rocket attack

Israeli soldiers patrol next to a smoke from a fire caused by a rocket attack in northern Israel, launched from Syrian territory. Credit: Reuters

Syrian state TV has confirmed Israeli air strikes on the Golan Heights but said only slight damage was done.

According to Reuters, the state TV report quoted a military source as saying that "several missiles" had targeted a transportation centre and a public building in the Quneitra area of the Syrian Golan Heights.

A monitoring group had earlier reported casualties. Israel's army said the strikes were a response to cross-border rocket fire from Syria earlier this week.

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