Several killed in Israel and West Bank

Five people have been killed and up to a dozen injured in two attacks by Palestinians in Tel Aviv and the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

In the first attack two Israelis were stabbed to death outside a shop in Tel Aviv where a prayer service was taking place. In the second attack, which took place a couple of hours later, a Palestinian gunman in a car opened fire on a minibus outside the settlement of Alon Shvut.

According to an Israeli military spokesman, the gunman drove away and  then intentionally rammed his car into a group of pedestrians, some time later, before being shot by soldiers. Other reports suggested the gunman had exited his vehicle and was still firing when he was shot.

Three people were killed: an 18-year-old US national, an Israeli in his 50s and a Palestinian. Another eight or nine people were injured.

The attacks bring the number of Israelis killed in the past seven weeks of violence to 18. Eighty Palestinians, some of them assailants, have died in the same period.

A wounded suspect was arrested and identified as a 36-year-old Palestinian man from the Hebron area of the occupied West Bank, who had a permit to be in Israel and had been working in a local cafe.