Four killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city amid a surge in religious conflict. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pledged to respond with a ‘heavy hand’, and again accused Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas of inciting violence in Jerusalem. Abbas condemned the attack, which comes after a month of unrest fuelled in part by a dispute over Jerusalem’s holiest shrine. A worshipper at the morning service in the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of West Jerusalem said about 25 people were praying when shooting broke out. Israel’s ambulance service said at least eight people were seriously wounded. ‘I looked up and saw someone shooting people at point-blank range. Then someone came in with what looked like a butcher’s knife and he went wild,’ the witness, Yosef Posternak, told Israel Radio.

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