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Masked Palestinian protesters take cover during clashes with the Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of Ramalla Reuters

A series of stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and across Israel on 13 October has resulted in 2 deaths and more than 20 people wounded as violence in the region shows no signs of abating.

In the worst incident, at least 16 people were injured - six seriously - and two were killed. The suspect opened fire and stabbed people on a bus in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Armon Hanatziv, according to Israeli police. The attacker has been "shot and neutralised", Israeli ambulance service said. AFP and Reuters report that the attacker was killed, as well as a 60-year-old Israeli.

In another incident, a driver rammed his car into a bus station before getting out and knifing people on Jerusalem's Machei Israeli street. Several people were wounded, and the attacker was also reportedly wounded.

In the eastern city of Raanana, a 22-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem stabbed one person at a bus station before being subdued by passers-by. The victim, a 32-year-old Israeli, was lightly wounded in the attack. In the second attack in the city, a Jewish woman was wounded after being stabbed by an attacker, who was then arrested by police.

At least 25 Palestinians, including nine attackers, have been killed by Israeli forces amid dozens of stabbing attacks targeting Jews in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

On Sunday 11 October, a pregnant Palestinian woman and her three-year-old daughter were killed east of Gaza City. The mother and daughter died when their house collapsed following an Israeli air strike on an alleged Hamas military training camp near their home. Three other people were also injured in the attack. Palestinian rescue services are continuing to search through the rubble for survivors.

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said that the air strikes were launched in response to a rocket fired from Gaza. It said that the rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defence system and that it had then conducted air strikes on two Hamas weapon-manufacturing facilities in Gaza.

On Saturday, 10 October, a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli police after stabbing two civilians. The day before that, Israeli military forces killed five Palestinians and injured 19 others at a demonstration near the border fence with the Gaza Strip.

The violence was fuelled by clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, one of Islam's holiest sites. Palestinians fear that Israel is attempting to take control of the site as Jewish groups began visiting the mosque.