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Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

The violence, which followed mass protests at noon prayers, saw Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

At least three Palestinian men have reportedly been shot dead in Jerusalem and hundreds have been wounded by Israeli security forces in ongoing demonstrations over new security measures implemented by Israel at the Al Aqsa compound last week.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced the freezing of all contact between the two sides. The Palestinian Red Crescent says that around 140 Palestinians have been injured in the recent incident.

He jumped the fence of the settlement before breaking into the house, where he stabbed the Israelis during a Sabbath dinner, the army official said. The gunmen were shot dead by troops who pursued them.

Israeli police said the response was prompted by the Palestinian crowds attacking members of the police after the noon prayer.

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He also called for swift measures to end the escalation by Israel.

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Jews are allowed to enter the compound under certain circumstances but not pray there.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the metal detectors will stay up for now but added he will have "additional security consultations" in the future about the issue.

However, Israeli news outlets reported that three Israelis - a man and a woman in their sixties, and a man in his forties - had been killed, while another woman was being treated.

On Friday, police severely restricted access to the area of the Muslim-administered shrine, and set up checkpoints in and around Jerusalem to prevent widespread protests.

On Friday, thousands of Palestinians worshipped in the streets around the Old City after refusing to enter the compound - known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, home of the al-Aqsa mosque.

COGAT, the IDF branch which oversees the West Bank, said that the metal detectors could be removed "as long as the alternative ensures security and the prevention of the next attack". It is considered the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.