Renowned photojournalist Spencer Platt is currently based in Jerusalem, where he has been documenting life in the divided city.

Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Two Muslim girls walk to school through an alley in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Israeli soldiers pray at the Western Wall in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
A Muslim man walks next to the 'separation barrier' or 'security fence' in East JerusalemSpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
The Israeli flag is seen behind a barbed wire fence in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
A Hasidic man pushes a baby buggy in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images

The holy city — which Israel says must forever stay united — has rarely seemed more divided. Violence has surged in recent weeks in Jerusalem amid high tensions over access to a holy site where al-Aqsa mosque now stands.

Eleven Israelis have been killed, including four rabbis and a policeman stabbed and shot by Palestinians in a Jerusalem synagogue. Twelve Palestinians have also been killed, including several of those who carried out the attacks.

The violence has been connected in large part to continuing unrest at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site — a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

The Temple Mount, home to the ancient Hebrew temples, is the most sacred site in Judaism. Today, it is the location of the al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock, the third-holiest place in Islam. Jews are allowed to visit the site, but under a longstanding arrangement, they are barred from praying there.

Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Cats sit near the Dome of the Rock at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
The Dome of the Rock is painted on a wall in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
A woman walks through the Muslim quarter of the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Jewish men pray on the ground by a police barricade outside the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images

Jerusalem's light rail train is a frequent target of Palestinian violence. The trains, meant to serve as a symbol of a united city, are frequently pelted with stones when passing through Palestinian areas. There have been two deadly attacks in recent weeks by ramming cars into crowded stations.

Israeli police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city's eastern sector and Old City in the face of the city's worst wave of violence in nearly a decade.

Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
An almost empty tram passes through East Jerusalem. As of last month, 15 of the line's 23 trams had been damaged by firebombs and stones thrown by PalestiniansSpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
An Israeli security balloon is viewed in the distance as the sun rises over JerusalemSpencer Platt/Getty Images

Representatives of Jerusalem's tourism industry say their businesses are stagnating as the seemingly never-ending violence in the city continues to drive away visitors.

Many tourists have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem due to conflicts, and some shop owners said their businesses have suffered.

Local police are on high alert and have intensified patrols - yet another indication of the constant state of wariness that makes Jerusalem such a dangerous place to live or visit.

Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
A woman clutching a cross visits the Church of the Holy SepulchreSpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Visitors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre stand in front of the Stone of Anointing, where Jesus's body is said to have been anointed before burialSpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Crosses, said to be engraved by Crusaders, are etched on a wall of the Church of the Holy SepulchreSpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Some of the Roman ruins are seen in the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images
Jerusalem photos by Spencer Platt
Young members of the Israeli Defence Forces pause in a park near the Old CitySpencer Platt/Getty Images

Spencer Platt has won many photography awards, including the 2006 World Press Photo of the Year. Follow Plattys1 on Instagram to see his latest photos.