A Palestinian protester uses a sling to return a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Beit El. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Israeli security forces deployed massively in occupied Jerusalem Thursday as Israelis armed themselves with everything from guns to broomsticks, rattled by a wave of Palestinian attacks that have shaken the country.Some 300 soldiers were reinforcing police, stretched thin by the violence.In addition to the attacks, violent protests have rocked occupied East Jerusalem, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.Seven Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in the violence so far.At least 30 Palestinians were also killed, including alleged attackers, and hundreds more were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces. Police Wednesday began setting up checkpoints in parts of East Jerusalem, including a neighborhood home to three Palestinians who carried out gun, knife and car-ramming attacks this week.Abbas again called Wednesday night for peaceful resistance, but young people fed up with Israel's occupation and the lack of progress in peace efforts have grown tired of his leadership.Netanyahu said Israel was using legitimate force and any other country would do the same.
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