3 DEAD, 20 INJURED IN SPATE OF ISRAEL ATTACKS

At least three people were killed and more than a dozen injured in a series of stabbing and shooting attacks in Israel on Tuesday, officials said, as the wave of recent violence showed no signs of abating.

Hamas praised the attacks and called their perpetrators “heroes” as Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on the Israeli government to “immediately implement drastic measures” to ensure the safety of the city’s residents as the death toll from near-daily violence climbed.

Police closed major highways leading in and out of Jerusalem, according to the Associated Press, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting of his Security Cabinet.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the government was considering steps such as sealing off neighborhoods in east Jerusalem — home to several of the attackers — to halt the violence, the AP reported.

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