Three Israelis Killed in Jerusalem Attacks on Palestinian 'Day of Rage'

At least three Israelis were killed in two separate attacks in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli police say.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, speaking to Newsweek by phone from Jerusalem, said Palestinians were responsible for both incidents.

Two men armed with guns and knives attacked a bus in the Armon Hanatziv area of the city, killing two Israelis. Israeli police shot and killed one of the men and shot and apprehended the other.

In another attack, a man drove his vehicle into a bus stop and killed one Israeli before being shot and apprehended by Israeli police, Rosenfeld said. At least eight Israelis were wounded in both attacks and taken to the hospital.

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Elsewhere on Tuesday, a Palestinian attacker stabbed an Israeli man at a bus stop in the town of Raanana, north of Tel Aviv, the BBC reported. An Israeli woman was later wounded in a second stabbing attack in the same town.

The attacks took place on the same day that the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules over the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, whose leader Mahmoud Abbas heads the Palestinian Authority, both called for a "Day of Rage" across the Palestinian territories on Tuesday.

In response to the Jerusalem attacks, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is to meet with security officials on Tuesday to discuss a number of measures to increase security in the holy city, The Times of Israel reported. Possible measures include closing off a number of East Jerusalem neighbourhoods and easing the process of obtaining a gun license.

Last week, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for licensed gun owners in the city to carry their weapons on them at all times.

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Stabbing attacks by Palestinians have been a near-daily occurrence in the past two weeks as tensions over the site known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary, or Al-Haram al-Sharif, to Muslims have escalated into clashes.

Leaders of the Arab-Israeli community have called for a commercial strike in towns and villages across the country.

The attacks have given rise to talk among Israeli commentators that a third Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, might be on its way.

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