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Israeli police on high alert after recent stabbings

Following yesterday’s stabbing incident in Tel Aviv, Israeli police are on high alert across the country.

An Israeli soldier hurls a smoke grenade during clashes with Palestinian youth close to the Jewish settlement of Bet El, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 4 October 2015 after Israel barred Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Old City as tensions mounted following attacks on Israelis. Picture: AFP.

JERUSALEM - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has urged for calm and for Palestinians to avoid confrontation with Israel.

But the president also has praise for those "defending "Al-Aqsa mosque, which is again expected to be the scene of clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians later today.

Fearing violence after midday prayers, Israeli police have limited entrance to the mosque compound to Palestinian men only over the age of 50, a step that has often been taken in the past during periods of high tension.

Following yesterday's stabbing attacks for the first time in Tel Aviv, the country's commercial capital, Israeli police are on high alert across the country.

Violence is also expected across the West Bank.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 1,600 Palestinians have been injured in violence with Israelis since the start of this month.

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein says the high number of Palestinian casualties, particularly those caused by live ammunition used by Israeli security forces, raises concerns of excessive use of force.

ISRAEL PREPARES FOR 'DAY OF RAGE'

Security is being beefed up across Israel ahead of what Palestinians are calling a "day of rage"

Yesterday, seven Israelis were wounded in separate attacks, while police and Palestinian protesters clashed resulting in injuries on both sides.

The Israeli army is beefing up its presence throughout the country out of concern that noon prayers today will result in thousands of Palestinians rioting across the west bank.

Thousands of Israeli troops are taking up positions along roads and flashpoints

Last night israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged the country is in the midst of a wave of terror.

Netanyahu said there is no quick fix for what he called Palestinian "lone-wolf" attacks

The UN says increased attacks by both Israeli settlers and Palestinians will only lead to more hatred.