Undercover Israeli police officers and soldiers detain a wounded Palestinian demonstrator during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank. (Majdi Mohammed / AP)

A series of attacks by Arabs on Israelis in recent days, carried out mainly by young people with no known links to armed groups, has raised fears of a new uprising as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers along the West Bank.

The violence has prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bar Cabinet ministers and lawmakers from a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the latest tensions.

The Associated Press reports:

An Arab attacker stabbed four Israelis with a screwdriver on Thursday before a soldier shot and killed him amid fresh violence […]

The screwdriver-wielding assailant stabbed and wounded four Israelis, including a female soldier, near a busy Tel Aviv road before being shot dead, Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The attacker’s identity was not immediately known. […]

Four Israelis have been killed in attacks over the past week. Six Palestinians, including four alleged attackers, have been killed in the unrest. More than 130 Palestinians have been wounded in demonstrations and clashes across the West Bank and east Jerusalem. […]

The latest Israeli-Palestinian unrest began about three weeks ago as Palestinians repeatedly barricaded themselves inside the Al-Aqsa mosque, located at the sacred site, and hurled stones, firebombs and fireworks at the police.

The violence later spread to Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and to the West Bank, and on Tuesday there were disturbances in Jaffa, a largely Arab area of Tel Aviv.

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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