Israeli forces shoot dead five Palestinians as violence rages on

Hamas militants attend the funeral of Palestinian Jihad Al-Obeed, who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Friday, in Deirl al-Balah in the central Gaza StripBy Maayan Lubell and Nidal al-Mughrabi JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians aged 12 and 15 in protests along Gaza’s border fence on Saturday, Palestinian medics said, and Israeli police said they had killed three knife-wielding Palestinian assailants in Jerusalem. Eleven days of bloodshed in which four Israelis and 20 Palestinians, many of whom had carried out knife attacks, have been killed in Jerusalem, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Gaza and Israeli cities have raised concerns that a new Palestinian uprising may be brewing. Palestinians have been angered by events at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City and fear Israel wants to change the status quo at Islam’s third holiest shrine, revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount.

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