A wave of Is­raeli-Pales­tinian clashes since 2015

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Clashes erupt be­tween Is­raeli po­lice and Pales­tini­ans in Septem­ber 2015 the flash­point Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound in Jerusalem's Old City. They last three days and the un­rest spreads across Jerusalem and the oc­cu­pied West Bank.

On Oct. 1, a set­tler cou­ple are killed when Pales­tini­ans fire on their ve­hi­cle in the West Bank. The vi­o­lence spi­rals as young Pales­tini­ans clash with Is­raeli troops and Jewish set­tlers, fol­lowed by a se­ries of knife at­tacks tar­get­ing Is­raelis.

On Oct. 9, seven young Pales­tini­ans are killed by Is­raeli fire dur­ing clashes at the Gaza bor­der. Days later, fol­low­ing a rocket at­tack, Is­rael car­ries out a re­tal­ia­tory raid on Gaza, killing a preg­nant Pales­tinian woman and her daugh­ter.

In Jan­uary, a Pales­tinian stabs a nurse to death in front of her chil­dren in an Is­raeli set­tle­ment. On Jan. 1, an Is­raeli Arab fires on shopfronts in Tel Aviv, killing two be­fore be­ing shot down.

In June, two Pales­tini­ans fire on cus­tomers in a bustling area of the city, killing four be­fore be­ing ar­rested. Over a few days in June and July, four Pales­tinian at­tacks leave two Is­raelis and three at­tack­ers are killed.

Jerusalem, bit­terly dis­puted be­tween Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans, is the scene of fre­quent at­tacks through­out 2017.

In Jan­uary, four Is­raeli sol­diers are killed when a Pales­tinian rams his truck into a group of sol­diers vis­it­ing the city. The driver is killed on the spot.

In July, three Is­raeli Arabs shoot dead two Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cers in Jerusalem's Old City be­fore be­ing shot them­selves in Al-Aqsa Mosque com­pound. Is­rael, say­ing weapons were hid­den in­side the com­pound, bars ac­cess for two days and im­poses strin­gent se­cu­rity mea­sures, in­clud­ing metal de­tec­tors and sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

Ten­sions spi­ral into clashes be­tween Pales­tini­ans and Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Wor­ship­pers gather for protest prayers out­side the com­pound.

Un­der in­ter­na­tional pres­sure, Is­rael with­draws its metal de­tec­tors, later re­mov­ing the re­main­ing new se­cu­rity mea­sures.

On Oct. 12, mem­bers of the mil­i­tant groups Is­lamic Ji­had and Ha­mas are killed when Is­rael blows up a tun­nel from Gaza into its ter­ri­tory.

In De­cem­ber, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump rec­og­nizes Jerusalem as Is­rael's cap­i­tal in de­fi­ance of ad­vice from world lead­ers, spark­ing out­rage from Pales­tini­ans. Trump or­ders the trans­fer of the US Em­bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, set to take place in May 2018.

In Jan­uary, a rabbi, Raziel She­vah, is shot dead near the set­tle­ment where he lived. Three Pales­tinian sus­pects are killed. Two days later, Is­raeli fire kills two Pales­tini­ans in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

In Fe­bru­ary, a Pales­tinian fa­tally stabs an Is­raeli in the West Bank and two weeks af­ter that, two Pales­tini­ans are killed near Rafah.

On March 16, two Is­raeli sol­diers are killed in the West Bank in a Pales­tinian truck at­tack. A Pales­tinian later stabs an Is­raeli of­fi­cer in Jerusalem's old town, se­ri­ously in­jur­ing him be­fore be­ing killed.

Pales­tini­ans step on crossed-out posters de­pict­ing Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dur­ing a tent city protest near Khan Yu­nis in the south­ern Gaza Strip. (AFP)

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