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There has been a flare-up in violence between Israel and the Palestinians, just days after US President Donald Trump unveiled his peace plan. There has been a flare-up in violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, days after US President Donald Trump unveiled his peace plan.
Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank, medics say. Three Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank over 24 hours.
And in Jerusalem, 12 Israeli soldiers have been hurt in what the army says was a Palestinian car-ramming attack. Twelve Israeli soldiers were meanwhile hurt in Jerusalem in what the army said was a Palestinian car-ramming attack.
An Israeli police officer has also been lightly wounded in a shooting attack in the city, according to police. And an Israeli police officer and a soldier were wounded in two shooting attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Meanwhile, there have been further Israeli air strikes on militant sites in Gaza Strip after militants fired mortars into Israel. There were also further Israeli air strikes on militant sites in Gaza Strip after militants fired mortars into Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was "only a matter of time" before the perpetrator of the car-ramming attack was caught, adding: "Terror will not overwhelm us, we will win!" Palestinians have rejected the US president's proposals, which would leave them with a truncated territory surrounded by Israel and threaded through with Jewish settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed them and vowed to begin annexing parts of the West Bank after March's general election.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas said: "The spreading resistance and clashes by our people in the West Bank and their resistance in the heart of occupied Jerusalem is an active response against the destructive Trump deal." A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned that Mr Trump's plan "caused such escalation and tension by trying to impose fake facts on the ground".
Palestinians immediately rejected the US president's proposals, which would leave them with a truncated territory surrounded by Israel and threaded through with Jewish settlements. Mr Netanyahu welcomed them and vowed to begin annexing parts of the West Bank after March's general election. "We have repeatedly warned that any deal that doesn't answer the minimum of Palestinian rights and that doesn't aim to make a just and lasting peace will definitely lead to the tension we are witnessing today," Nabil Abu Rudeina said.
The car-ramming attack took place at shortly before 02:00 (00:00 GMT) on Thursday near Jerusalem's First Station entertainment venue. The militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, said: "The spreading resistance and clashes by our people in the West Bank and their resistance in the heart of occupied Jerusalem is an active response against the destructive Trump deal."
The Israeli military said a Palestinian drove his car into the soldiers - who were on a "heritage tour" ahead of a ceremony at the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites - as they walked down the pavement. Israeli soldiers and police officers were targeted in three attacks on Thursday.
The first took place shortly before 02:00 (00:00 GMT) near the First Station entertainment venue in central Jerusalem.
The Israeli military said a "Palestinian rammed his car" into a group of soldiers who were marching along a pavement towards the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, for an induction ceremony.
One of the soldiers was seriously hurt while the others were lightly injured.One of the soldiers was seriously hurt while the others were lightly injured.
The driver fled the scene and the car was later found abandoned near Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem, where troops were "currently pursuing the terrorist", the Israeli military added. The driver fled the scene and the car was later found abandoned near Beit Jala, a suburb of Bethlehem, where troops were searching for him, the military added.
Hours later, a man opened fire at several Israeli police officers stationed near Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, injuring one of them, a police spokesperson said. Following this attack, Mr Netanyahu declared: "Terrorism will not defeat us. We will win."
"Other officers responded quickly, firing at the assailant and neutralising him," the spokesperson added. Hours later, a man opened fire at several Israeli police officers stationed near Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, wounding one of them, a police spokesman said.
Palestinian medics, meanwhile, said a 19-year-old Palestinian, Yazan Abu Tabikh, was killed overnight by Israeli fire during clashes in the northern West Bank town of Jenin. Seven other Palestinians were injured. "The terrorist himself was shot and neutralised at the scene," he added.
The Israeli military said troops had "identified a number of armed terrorists who hurled explosive devices and fired towards them". "The forces responded with riot dispersal means," it added. Israeli media reported that the assailant died and identified him as an Israeli Arab resident of the northern Israeli city of Haifa.
The clashes broke out as troops demolished the home of a Palestinian who was accused of being involved in the killing of a rabbi in 2018. Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan praised the officers for acting "quickly, determinedly and professionally" and said Israeli security forces would "act in any way possible to thwart the plans by the terror groups to escalate tensions".
In the third attack, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a drive-by near the Jewish settlement of Dolev, north-west of the West Bank city of Ramallah. The assailant fled the scene and a manhunt is under way.
Meanwhile, two Palestinians were killed in the northern West Bank town of Jenin early on Thursday.
Palestinian medics said Yazan Abu Tabikh, 19, was shot during clashes that erupted when Israeli troops demolished the home of a man convicted of involvement in the killing of a rabbi in 2018.
The Israeli military said its forces "identified a number of armed terrorists who hurled explosive devices and fired towards them".
"The forces responded with riot dispersal means," it added.
Abu Tabikh's uncle told Reuters news agency: "Young men went out to the streets, the same way they do with every demolition that takes place. Clashes started and the Israelis started to shoot."Abu Tabikh's uncle told Reuters news agency: "Young men went out to the streets, the same way they do with every demolition that takes place. Clashes started and the Israelis started to shoot."
Hours later, Palestinian medics said a Palestinian police officer had also died after being hit by Israeli gunfire.
Palestinian security officials said Tareq Badwan, 25, was shot while inside the courtyard of a police station that was close to where the clashes occurred.
Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said it was investigating Badwan's death.
"The specific situation is unclear," he told reporters. "Whether he fired at Israeli troops and then they retaliated and he was injured, or somebody else fired at Israeli troops and they retaliated and he was caught in the middle."
On Wednesday a 17-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Haddad, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.On Wednesday a 17-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Haddad, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
The Israeli military said that there had been a "violent riot", during which "troops identified a Palestinian who hurled a Molotov cocktail at them". The Israeli military said that there had been a "violent riot", during which "troops identified a Palestinian who hurled a Molotov cocktail at them". "The troops responded with fire in order to remove the threat," it added.
"The troops responded with fire in order to remove the threat," it added.
Witnesses told AFP news agency that about 15 protesters had thrown stones at the troops.Witnesses told AFP news agency that about 15 protesters had thrown stones at the troops.
Israeli warplanes also struck a number of Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday, including an underground complex and a maintenance facility, after mortars and balloons loaded with explosives were launched towards Israel, the Israeli military said.Israeli warplanes also struck a number of Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early on Thursday, including an underground complex and a maintenance facility, after mortars and balloons loaded with explosives were launched towards Israel, the Israeli military said.
There were no immediate reports of any casualties.There were no immediate reports of any casualties.
On Wednesday, the military said 13 rockets had been fired from Gaza in a week.On Wednesday, the military said 13 rockets had been fired from Gaza in a week.