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Jerusalem: tight security after deadly synagogue attack

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Jerusalem: tight security after deadly synagogue attack
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Security was tight in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, a day after four rabbis and a policeman were crudely killed in a deadly attack on a synagogue.

It was carried out by two Palestinian cousins armed with a gun, knives and a meat cleaver.

The militant Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the onslaught, calling it a “heroic operation.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas strongly condemned the attack.

Less than 24 hours later, worshippers returned to the synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Har Nof in West Jerusalem.

Unrest has grown since the 50-day Israeli war on Gaza during which more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces, including at least 500 children.

The movement of dozens of Jewish settlers into a predominately Arab neighbourhood in East Jerusalem in recent weeks has increased tensions.

A push by militant Jews to be allowed to pray at a site in Jerusalem’s Old City that is holy to both Jews and Muslims,in defiance of a decades-long ban agreed by Israel, has also fuelled anger.

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