UN Security Council to meet over escalating Israel-Palestine conflict

Three Palestinians were killed hours before the attack in violence spurred on by Israel's installation of metal detectors at entry points to the Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's walled Old City.

Concerns over security grew after Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman held a meeting with top army and security officials over the simmering situation.

The site remains closed the next day, while parts of Jerusalem's Old City are under lockdown as Israel conducts searches for concealed weapons.

He also condemned a stabbing attack by a Palestinian that killed three members of an Israeli family in the West Bank. Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen wounded after protesters burned tyres and threw stones and firecrackers.

Israeli security forces have raided the home of a Palestinian aggressor, the military said in a statement to Reuters.

Israeli police said five officers were wounded. "It's not like the security coordination is an Israeli need".

Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians in Jerusalem as global concern mounted over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years.

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"I declare the suspension of all contacts with the Israeli side on all levels until it cancels its measures at Al-Aqsa mosque", Abbas said in a brief televised speech after meeting his aides, reported news agencies.

"Jerusalem is a red line that Muslims and Arabs can not allow to be crossed. and what is happening today is an attempt to impose a new reality on the Holy city", Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

The incident is threatening to complicate the crisis over the holy site, which is administered by Muslim authorities under the auspices of Jordan. At least one Palestinian died on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Israeli military searched the assailants house and arrested his brother.

Livni said the Israeli Cabinet now needs to show leadership to prevent the scenario from happening. The attack ended with Alabed being shot and taken to hospital.

The comments come after a flare up of violence between Israeli security forces and Palestinians over new security measures at a Jerusalem holy site of which Jordan is the custodian.

It restored access to the compound later, but placed metal detectors at its front, prompting Muslims to refuse entering the site.

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