Ramallah: A total of 26 Palestinians, including eight alleged attackers and eight children, and four Israelis have died in 12 days of bloodshed, the worst spell of street violence for years, stirred in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
One person was killed and four wounded after a driver rammed into a central Jerusalem bus stop Tuesday before attacking people at the scene with a knife, AFP reported.
A wave of knife attacks have targeted Israelis since early October.
Also on Tuesday, a Palestinian allegedly stabbed and wounded a passerby north of Tel Aviv before being detained by civilians in the area, police said.
The victim was "moderately" wounded in the stabbing near a bus station in Raanana, police said.
They described the attacker as a 22-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem and said he was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being beaten by residents.
It was the 21st stabbing attack in Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank since October 3.
One revenge attack occurred last week, when a Jewish man stabbed and wounded two Arab Israelis and two Palestinians in the southern Israeli city of Dimona.
The attacks along with violent protests in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank have led to warnings that a full-scale Palestinian uprising, or third intifada, could erupt.
Unrest has also spread to the Gaza Strip, with clashes along the border in recent days leaving nine Palestinians dead from Israeli fire.
On Monday evening, dozens of Gaza residents broke through the border fence and briefly entered Israel before being pushed back by troops, Palestinian witnesses said.
Medical officials said two men were injured by army fire. Palestinian groups have called for a “Day of Rage” across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem on Tuesday and the leaders of Israel’s Arab community have called for a commercial strike in their towns and villages.
Some of Israel’s Jewish residents have also taken to the streets, to protest against the attacks, and have demanded the government do more to restore security.