JERUSALEM: the home of the Palestinian who allegedly stabbed to death three Israelis was raided by Israeli security forces on Saturday. They restricted movement for Palestinians from his West Bank village.
Security forces surveyed the house of the assailant in the village of Khobar, searched for weapons and confiscated money. The brother of the assailant was also apprehended.
Six people died on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years.
Hours after three Palestinians were killed in violence prompted by Israel’s installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, three Israelis were stabbed to death in a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President ordered the suspension of all official contact with Israel until it removed the metal detectors at the site, where Muslims pray at Al-Aqsa mosque.
Palestinian worshippers had clashed with Israeli security forces before Friday’s attack. Tensions had mounted for days as Palestinians hurled rocks and Israeli police used stun grenades after the detectors were placed outside the sacred venue, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said three Palestinians died of gunshot wounds in two neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, some distance away from the center of tension. It later reported a third Palestinian fatality.