Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to take “aggressive steps” to quell unrest following nearly two weeks of clashes across the West Bank.
Israeli security forces will be deployed across Jerusalem’s public transport network, and military units will reinforce police, as part of new measures announced by the security cabinet this morning.
Mr Netanyahu has warned that “anyone who raises his hand to harm us – will pay dearly. And we will not hesitate to use all means at our disposal to restore peace to the cities of Israel”.
Seven Israelis and 30 Palestinians have been killed in the unrest since the start of the month.
Russian embassy shelled in Damascus
Shells were fired at the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus during a pro-government rally on Tuesday. According to Russian news agency Interfax, the shells impacted the embassy grounds but did not hit the building itself, and nobody at the embassy was injured. Russia has been conducting air strikes in Syria to support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Taliban withdraws from Kunduz
The Taliban has retreated from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, just over two weeks since they overran the city at the end of last month. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the militants withdrew from Kunduz to protect civilians from air raids, and claimed they could have held the city if they wished. A US air strike destroyed a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in the city earlier this month.
Islamic State second-in-command confirmed killed in air strike
Islamic State (IS) has confirmed the death of its second-in-command Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali (known as Abu Mutaz al-Qurashi). The United States had claimed to have killed Hayali in an August 18 air strike near Mosul, along with “media operative” Abu Abdullah. IS has not given details of how Hayali died.
First Jamaican winner of Man Booker Prize
Marlon James has become the first Jamaican to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. The novel, a fictionalised account of the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976, was called “a classic of our times” by the top Man Booker judge Michael Wood. James will receive £52,500 ($A110,977), and a designer-bound edition of his book in addition to his trophy. – Jake Nelson
Top image of riots in the West Bank from BBC’s TV coverage.