Israeli-Palestinian violence flares up

There has been a flare-up in violence in israel and the Palestinian territories, days after US President Donald Trump unveiled his peace plan.

Three Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank over 24 hours.

Twelve Israeli soldiers were meanwhile hurt in Jerusalem in what the army said was a Palestinian car-ramming attack.

And an Israeli police officer and a soldier were wounded in two shooting attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

There were also further Israeli air strikes on militant sites in Gaza Strip after militants fired mortars into israel.

Why Trump’s Middle East plan is so divisive

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.

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”.

“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 militant…

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