Jerusalem is under attack

Police stand guard outside the west Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday Israel and the Palestinians Jews attended morning prayers just a day after the attack, as the Israeli authorities stepped up security.

Four rabbis and a police officer were killed on Tuesday by two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers.

Jerusalem has seen weeks of unrest, partly fuelled by tension over a disputed holy site.

Earlier Israeli troops destroyed the home of a Palestinian man who killed a woman and a baby by ramming a car into a Jerusalem tram stop on 22 October.

The man, Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi, was a Palestinian from Silwan, East Jerusalem.

He was shot by officers as he tried to run away from the scene of the killing and later died of his injuries in hospital. Worshippers arrived at the Bnei Torah Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Wednesday morning, as a security guard stood at the entrance, local reports said.

One man, Gavriel Cohen, told the Associated Press news agency that the attack showed "that our future in this world is dependent on God".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to win a "battle for Jerusalem", following Tuesday's killings, and "settle the score with every terrorist" who attacked Israel.

He said he had "ordered the destruction of the homes of the Palestinians who carried out [Tuesday's] massacre and to speed up the demolitions of those who carried out previous attacks".

Mr Netanyahu also said he would strengthen security on the streets of Jerusalem.


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