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Three dead in Jerusalem on Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’

By Agencies - Oct 13,2015 - Last updated at Oct 13,2015

A Palestinian pushes burning tyres during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday (AP photo)

At least three people were killed and many wounded in shooting and car-and-knife attacks in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinians.

One of the attacks, which saw an assailant open fire on a bus, marked the first assault with a gun in occupied Jerusalem in the two-week-old series of confrontations between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinians, Agence France-Presse reported.

The bus attack saw one assailant with a pistol and another with two knives assault some 15 people travelling on an East Jerusalem bus, Israeli forces said.

One of the attackers was shot dead while the other was wounded, the occupation forces said.

In another attack around the same time in a settler neighbourhood in Jerusalem, an assailant drove a car into a group at a bus stop and exited with a knife.

At least one person was killed and eight wounded, medics said. The attacker was also wounded, according to AFP.

It was not clear if the attacks were coordinated.

The Jerusalem attacks came after a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a passerby north of Tel Aviv before being overcome by civilians in the area.

The main Palestinian factions, President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fateh movement and the Islamist Hamas, had declared Tuesday a “Day of Rage” across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, accusing Israel of “escalating its crimes against our people”, Reuters reported.

 

Leaders of Israel’s Arab minority called for a commercial strike in their towns, one of which, Sakhnin, hosted a pro-Palestinian rally attended by thousands of people on Tuesday.

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