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Fear of full scale Israeli/Palestinian war grows as violence increases

Hamas leader Al-Zahar says it’s necessary to turn the current Palestinian uprising into an armed resistance.

Israeli Jews and Arabs march together in downtown Jerusalem on 17 October 2015, during a left wing protest against the ongoing situation. The placard on the right bearing a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu reads in Hebrew "Refuser of peace" and the red placard on the left reads in Hebrew "Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies". Picture: AFP

JERUSALEM - Hamas has called on its supporters to carry out suicide attacks against Israelis.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar says it's necessary to turn the current Palestinian Uprising into an armed resistance.

It comes as Palestinian security forces step up measures to try and calm the situation.

They have arrested a Hamas squad in Hebron.

The situation in east Jerusalem is extremely tense.

Police have started erecting barriers around one of the Arab neighbourhoods, where recent attackers came from.

Arab-Israelis speaking to Eyewitness News say its collective punishment.

Meanwhile, clashes continue across the West Bank where in Hebron, Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at an Israeli checkpoint.

Israeli soldiers have also started holding drills, looking for possible underground tunnels around Gaza after residents in the south of the country say they hear noises coming from underground.

Fears are growing that the current violence could spiral into a full scale war.