Published: Sun, July 23, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Two Israelis Killed in Occupied West Bank

Two Israelis Killed in Occupied West Bank

At least three Israelis have been stabbed to death and a fourth was wounded in a knife attack in the occupied West Bank settlement of Neve Tsuf.

"During that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 255 Palestinians, majority said by Israel to be attackers".

The Arab Union also condemned "police using excessive force and real bullet to disperse unprotected Palestinians".

It follows an escalation in violence between the Israelis and Palestinians over tensions at Al Aqsa mosque compound.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has announced he is freezing ties with Israel, dealing a blow to fledgling Trump administration efforts to try to renew long-dormant peace talks.

"On behalf of the Palestinian leadership I declare a freeze of contacts with the occupying state on all levels until Israel commits to cancelling its measures against our people in general and especially in Jerusalem city and Al-Aqsa mosque".

Jerusalem's top Muslim cleric, Mohammed Hussein, said protests would continue until the metal detectors are removed from the site, which is known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Also on Friday, a 20-year-old Palestinian man killed three Israeli settlers in their home in the West Bank.

Palestinian factions had called for a "day of rage" on Friday in protest at the installation by Israel of metal detectors at the entrance to the site. "Women of all ages will be permitted", an Israeli police statement said.

In some cases the prayers escalated into clashes with Israeli security forces.

Elsewhere, three Palestinians died Friday when clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians turned violent, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pledged that existing governorship agreements regarding the site "will be preserved".

Israel made a decision to install the metal detectors at the entry to the shrine on Sunday.

Other riots and clashes occurred in cities throughout the disputed territories Friday, including in the Qalandia refugee camp and Hebron.

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