Violence shakes Palestine and Israel as clashes continue

  • A Palestinian demonstrator has a knife in his belt and rocks in his hand during clashes with Israeli troops, near Ramallah, West Bank, Oct. 18, 2015. 
  • Relatives carry the body of Palestinian Mahmoud Hmead, 22, who was killed by Israeli troops in Friday’s clashes, during his funeral in Gaza, Oct. 17, 2015. 
  • The father of 21-year-old Palestinian protester Ehab Hanani, who was shot by Israeli troops in Beit Forik village, mourns after his son was pronounced dead at Rafeedia hospital, Oct. 16, 2015. 
  • Israeli police stand guard as Palestinians pray on the streets during Friday prayers following restrictions preventing Palestinians under 40 years old from entering the Al-Aqsa mosque compounds, Oct. 16, 2015. 
  • A wounded Israeli soldier kneels over the body of Palestinian who stabbed him during clashes in Hebron, West Bank, Oct. 16, 2015. 
  • A Palestinian protester holding a flag runs toward tear gas canisters to kick some away and throw others back at Israeli soldiers during clashes near the Israeli border with Gaza in Buriej, central Gaza Strip, Oct. 15, 2015. 
  • Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza in Buriej, central Gaza Strip, Oct. 15, 2015. 
  • A body of an attacker lies on the street after he was shot and killed when he stabbed an Israeli woman in Jerusalem, Oct. 14, 2015. 
  • Israeli special forces members search inside the Central Jerusalem Bus Station after police said a woman was stabbed by a Palestinian outside the bus station, Oct. 14, 2015. 
  • An Israeli soldier talks to a woman inside a supermarket as security forces search inside the Central Jerusalem Bus Station after police said a woman was stabbed by a Palestinian outside the bus station, Oct. 14, 2015. 
  • Iza Gobberg reacts during her son Alon Gobberg’s funeral in Jerusalem, Oct. 14, 2015. Gobberg was killed on Tuesday when two Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and attacked passengers. Two Israelis were killed. 
  • Palestinians take a last look at the body of Moataz Zawahara, who was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, during his funeral in Deheisha refugee camp, Oct. 14, 2015. 
  • Two Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Moataz Zawahara, who was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, at the family house in Deheisha refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Oct. 14, 2015. 
  • Palestinian’s try to help a demonstrator who accidentally set his scarf on fire during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, Oct. 13, 2015. 
  • Israeli medics and police at the scene of a shooting in Jerusalem, Oct. 13, 2015 after two Palestinian men boarded a bus, shot and stabbed passengers, while another rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders. 
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gather around the body of Yeshayahu Kirshavski during his funeral in Jerusalem, Oct. 13, 2015. 
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gather around the body of Yeshayahu Kirshavski during his funeral in Jerusalem, Oct. 13, 2015. 
  • A lawyer wearing his official robes kicks a tear gas canister back toward Israeli soldiers at a demonstration by Palestinian lawyers called for by the Palestinian Bar Association in solidarity with protesters, Oct. 12, 2015. 
  • Israeli troops arrest Palestinians during clashes after the funeral of Ibrahim Awad, 28, in the village of Beit Ummar near the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. 
  • The injured father of 2-year-old Rahaf Hassan cries as he holds her body during the funeral, Oct. 11, 2015, after she and her 30-year-old pregnant mother, Noor Hassan, were killed in Israeli air strike earlier in the day. 

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday, calling for a stop to the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

“My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians,” Ban said, according to a UN statement. “I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control.” He will meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders Tuesday and Wednesday.

The wave of violence began last month over access to a holy site in Jerusalem that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Only Muslims have been allowed to pray at the site, which they know as the Noble Sanctuary. To Jews, it is the Temple Mount, and some Jewish radicals want Jews to be able to pray there as well.

The violence began at the site when groups of Jews ascended on the site and Palestinians felt threatened. It has since spread to other parts of Israel, the West Bank and along the Gaza border.

Palestinians have been accused of a series of stabbings. Some appear to be by terrorists, while others are planned by individuals. Israeli police have responded by shooting many of the attackers.

There have been clashes with Palestinian protesters and Israeli police, as well as airstrikes by the Israelis. An Israeli airstrike last week killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her daughter. Israeli’s military said it was responding to a rocket attack and was targeting Hamas weapons-manufacturing facilities in Gaza.

Palestinians also set fire to a Jewish holy site in the West Bank, Joseph’s Tomb, last week.

At least 40 Palestinians and eight Israelis have died since the violence started, according to NBC News.

The White House and Secretary of State John Kerry have condemned the attacks on innocent civilians and expressed disappointment in a lack of agreement between the two sides.

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