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Clashes after attack on Jerusalem synagogue

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Fighting has broken out between Israeli police and Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem following an attack on a synagogue in the west of the city in which four Israelis were killed by two Palestinian men.

The attackers, who police said were armed with a gun and axes, were shot dead by police after gaining entrance to the Har Nof Synagogue.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killings, while the Hamas said it was “a natural reaction to Israel’s practices” against Palestinians.

The assailants have been identified as Odai and Ghasan Abu Jamal, cousins from East Jerusalem.

The two men belong to the Palestinian group known as the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine.

A statement from the group’s armed wing welcomed the attack, but stopped short of taking responsibility for or directly organising it.

Police identified those killed inside the mosque as three Americans and a Briton, who all held dual Israeli citizenship. Al Jazeera

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