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Israeli forces kill screwdriver attacker as fears grow of full-scale uprising

Aron Heller in Jerusalem

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Palestinian stone throwers clash with Israeli security forces (unseen) in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 8, 2015.
Palestinian stone throwers clash with Israeli security forces (unseen) in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 8, 2015.
A Palestinian stone thrower carries an injured comrade after he was shot in the leg by Israeli security forces during clashes in Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 8, 2015. There have been at least eight stabbing attacks since the beginning of the month, when a Palestinian killed two Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City, helping to prompt a security crackdown and spread riots. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANIABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver yesterday, before a soldier shot and killed him. The fresh violence prompted Israel's premier to bar cabinet ministers and legislators from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions.

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The attack in Tel Aviv was among three new stabbings that left several people wounded.

A series of similar attacks in recent days has shocked Israelis and raised fears of a new uprising or 'intifada'.

The screwdriver-wielding assailant, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem, stabbed and wounded four Israelis, including a female soldier, near a busy Tel Aviv road, before being shot dead, the police said.

Earlier, a Palestinian teenager stabbed a 25-year-old Israeli in the neck in Jerusalem, wounding him seriously, before police arrested the attacker. In the West Bank, an Israeli man was wounded when a Palestinian stabbed him in the stomach.

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in a number of locations in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, where a 20-year-old protester was killed by live fire, according to witnesses.

Four Israelis have been killed in attacks over the past week.

Seven Palestinians have been killed in the unrest and more than 130 wounded.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's move to ban lawmakers from the holy site appeared to put him on a collision course with hard-liners within his own governing coalition, who have been pressing for a harsh crackdown.

But Mr Netanyahu is likely to fear that a tougher response could anger the US and lead to increased casualties on both sides, risking the outbreak of a fully fledged uprising.

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