West Bank

Israel approves first new West Bank settlement in 20 years

A statement after a meeting of the country's security cabinet said the construction would take place in the Emek Shilo area near Nablus.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been simultaneously negotiating with the US government on reducing settlement activity.

Palestinian officials have condemned the move.

New Dead Sea Scrolls cave discovered

The discovery upends a decades-old theory in the archaeological community that Dead Sea Scrolls were only found in certain caves at the Qumran cliffs, which are managed by Israel in the West Bank.

Israel approves plans for 2,500 new settlement homes

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they had agreed to the move "in response to housing needs".

Palestinian officials said the plans undermined peace hopes by building on land they want for a future state.

It is the second such announcement by the Israeli authorities since US President Donald Trump took office.

Mr Trump has indicated that he will be more sympathetic to settlement construction than his predecessor, Barack Obama, and has appointed a staunch settlement supporter as his ambassador to Israel.

VIDEO: Israeli Army and Palestinians clash on streets

The clashes erupted after the funeral of a 13-year-old boy killed during clashes with the Israeli military.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday he had no interest in an "escalation" of violence and is ready to talk with Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that he will use a "strong hand" to quell violent Palestinian protests and deadly attacks.

VIDEO: Clashes in Jerusalem/Hebron amid high tension

There were also clashes in Hebron.

According to an Israeli police spokesperson, earlier on Friday, a 25-year old Palestinian man from the Village of Shufat threw a fire bomb in the Old City of Jerusalem towards Jewish shopkeepers.

The spokesperson said that the man was filmed on a police CCTV camera and was later detained by the police.

VIDEO: Israel troops and Palestinians protesters clash

Israeli troops fired tear gas, stun grenades and deployed a water cannon to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian youths.

Several Israeli police officers were injured after fire bombs were thrown at them.

Emergency services said one officer was shot in the arm as well.

Friday's clashes follow days of unrest at Jerusalem's hilltop compound known to the Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Israel calls up reservists following holy site violence

The violence killed one Israeli and left several others injured this week.

Tzachi Hanegbi, chairman of Parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee which made the decision in a "special discussion" on Friday, said the additional forces "will help in returning order quickly" to Jerusalem.

There were minor protests on Friday in Jerusalem and in Hebron in the West Bank but on a much smaller scale than in recent days.

VIDEO: White House condemns West Bank attack

Press Secretary Josh Earnest Friday said the US extended "profound condolences" to the family and extended prayers for those injured in the attack to make a full recovery.

Witnesses and the Israeli military said that under cover of darkness, the attackers broke the windows of the family's home in Duma, a small village near the West Bank city of Nablus.

UN chief calls killing of Palestinian child 'terrorist act'

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Ban strongly condemns Friday's "murder" of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

"The absence of a political process and Israel's illegal settlement policy, as well as the harsh and unnecessary practice of demolishing Palestinian houses, have given rise to violent extremism on both sides," Ban's spokesman said.

VIDEO: Israeli troops, Palestinian, Protesters, Hebron, West Bank

Small groups of masked Palestinian teenagers hurled rocks, or used slings to throw stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded by firing their weapons.