A 16-year-old boy has become the seventh Palestinian shot dead by Israeli security forces in just 24 hours as a wave of violence continues.
He had launched a stabbing attack near Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem's Old City, and then tried to attack officers on Saturday morning, according to police.
"Two men stabbed lightly are receiving medical treatment," said police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. "Police officers shot and killed terrorist at the scene."
It came hours after militants in Gaza fired a rocket into Israel overnight. A spokesperson for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said warning sirens sounded but the rocket landed in countryside in southern Israel and did not cause any casualties.
The head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip has declared a third “intifada” against Israel amid growing violence and unrest.
In a sermon at a mosque in Gaza City, Ismail Haniyeh called for the “strengthening and increasing of the intifada”, which he claimed was the “only path to liberation”.
“Gaza will fulfil its role in the Jerusalem intifada and it is more than ready for confrontation,” he added.
Hamas, an Islamic organisation and political party, controls the Gaza Strip and is part of unity government in the Palestinian Authority.
Its military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, is a designated terrorist group responsible for rocket attacks at Israel.
A 15-year-old boy was reportedly among six Palestinians killed by Israeli troops along the Gaza border on Friday.
The IDF said a group of around 200 young men had advanced on soldiers, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires, and that the troops opened fire.
Tensions are increasing in the wake of a series of attacks by all sides on Israelis, Palestinians and Bedouins.
Fear has gripped Jerusalem in the aftermath of a number of Palestinian stabbing attacks targeting Israeli security forces and civilians, leading the city's mayor, Nir Barkat, to call on citizens with gun licences to carry their weapons at all times.
An Israeli man carried out what he claimed was a revenge attack in Dimona, stabbing two Palestinians and two Bedouins before reportedly telling police “all Arabs are terrorists”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “strongly condemned the harming of innocent Arabs” and said whoever uses violence will be brought to justice.
The Palestinian ambassador to the UN says has urged the Security Council president to hold an emergency meeting on the latest unrest.
The violence was condemned by Barack Obama’s administration, with the State Department referring to Palestinian attacks on Israelis as “acts of terror”.
Unrest in Jerusalem
Unrest in Jerusalem
A masked Palestinian celebrates the attack on the Jerusalem synagogue holding a poster of the attackers,Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal, during a rally in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
A masked Palestinian youth wearing a Hamas headband uses a sling-shot to throw back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces during clashes outside the Israeli-run Ofer military prison following the deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue
Masked Palestinians hold axes and a gun as they celebrate with others an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip
Israeli Zaka emergency services volunteers carry the body of one of the two Palestinian assailants who were shot dead while attacking worshippers at a synagogue to an ambulance in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem
An Ultra-orthodox jewish man prays at the scene of an attack, by two Palestinians, on a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem
An Israeli woman cries on a veranda next to a synagogue where a suspected Palestinian attack took place in Jerusalem
An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue
Israeli Zaka emergency services volunteers carry the body of an assailant who was shot dead while attacking a synagogue
Israeli emergency services personnel clean the sidewalk at the scene of an attack, by two Palestinians, on Israeli worshippers at a synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem
Israeli security personnel run next to the synagogue in Har Nof, where a suspected Palestinian attack took place
A Palestinian activist knocks a hole through the wall near East Jerusalem
A masked Palestinian youth burns a tire near Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem
A Palestinian protester throws a stone at Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem
Palestinian mourners attend the funeral of bus driver Yusuf Hasan al-Ramuni in the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem . A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide but a colleague said looked like murder
A Palestinian protester tries to hammer a hole through Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem
Palestinian protesters climb a ladder at Israel's controversial barrier that separates the West Bank town of Abu Dis from Jerusalem
Israeli border policeman arrested over shooting of Palestinian boy during West Bank protests
Masked Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor
Israeli fire fighters inspect the scene of an attack in Jerusalem. A Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowded train platform in east Jerusalem and then attacked people with an iron bar, killing one person and injuring 13 in what authorities called a terror attack before he was shot dead by the police. The militant Islamic group Hamas took responsibility for the attack
Israeli police officers walk at the scene of an attack in Jerusalem
Israeli rescue workers and paramedics carry an injured man to an ambulance after a Palestinian man, Ibrahim al-Akri, was shot by Israeli police officers after he drove into a crowd of people
Ultra-Orthodox Jews look on from behind a police line at the scene of a killing when a Palestinian man drove a van into a crowd of police and civilians along the tracks of the Light Rail trolley system in East Jerusalem
Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said he was “deeply concerned” by violence by all parties.
“We condemn all acts of violence, including attacks by Palestinians and by Israeli settlers,” he added.
“We urge all sides to take immediate steps to de-escalate the tensions and avoid actions that threaten to exacerbate the situation.
“Every Israeli and Palestinian has the right to live in peace and security. We understand, and share, the deep frustration on all sides at the lack of progress on the Middle East Peace Process.
“The current violence underlines that a just and lasting resolution that ends the occupation and delivers peace for both Israelis and Palestinians is long overdue.”Reuse content