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Orthodox nuns wearing masks as a measure of prevention against the spread of the coronavirus walk in a procession to bring the icon of the Virgin Mary from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the tomb where she is believed to be buried, just outside of the Lions' Gate to Jerusalem's Old City.

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Police carry a protester away as they clear the square outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem.

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People offer Eid al-Adha prayer next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city. This is the first Feast of Sacrifice since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic. The major Muslim holiday, at the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, is observed around the world by believers and commemorates prophet Abraham's pledge to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

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Muslim men offer Eid al-Adha prayer next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city. This is the first Feast of Sacrifice since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic. The major Muslim holiday, at the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, is observed around the world by believers and commemorates prophet Abraham's pledge to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

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Israeli police use a water cannon to disperse people during a protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Protesters demanded that the embattled leader resign as he faces a trial on corruption charges and grapples with a deepening coronavirus crisis.

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General of Israel's National Cyber Directorate (INCD) Yigal Unna elbow bumps India's Ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Singla after signing an agreement to expand cooperation in the field of cyber security, in Jerusalem.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man runs during a protest against lockdown that has been placed in their neighborhood due to a coronavirus outbreak, in Jerusalem. As Israel grapples with a spike in coronavirus cases, it has begun to impose restrictions on selected towns and neighborhoods with high infection rates. Many of these areas are ultra-Orthodox, and residents say they are being unfairly singled out.

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Israeli women perform 'yoga' to celebrate the 6th International Day of Yoga, in Jerusalem.

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Muslim men pray next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city. The Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, reopened early Sunday, following weeks of closure aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Israeli right wing activists hold flags outside the Jerusalem district court in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heading to court Sunday to face corruption charges in the first criminal trial ever against a sitting Israeli leader. Hebrew reads: "Netanyahu is not alone."

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Muslim worshippers offer Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan outside the al-Aqsa mosque compound, which remains shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus, in Jerusalem.

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A priest peers from a window in the door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried, just before Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa arrives during a lockdown following government measures to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, during Holy Thursday in Jerusalem's old city. The traditional Holy Thursday procession is taking place inside the church without public attendance this year due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Women pray in front of the closed Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried, as a palm hangs on the door, in Jerusalem's Old City. The traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a meeting with his nationalist allies and his Likud party members at the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, in Jerusalem.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands at an overview of the East Jerusalem settlement of Har Homa where he announced a new neighborhood is to be built.

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Israeli police officers inspect the scene of an attack in Jerusalem. A Palestinian motorist slammed his car into a group of soldiers early on Thursday, wounding more than a dozen before fleeing the scene, Israeli police said.

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Palestinian burn a poster showing U.S. President Donald Trump as they protest the American peace plan in Bethlehem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington Sunday night vowing to "make history" at a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump for the unveiling of the U.S. administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin waves to Britains Prince Charles during the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. More than 40 dignitaries are attending the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Dozens of world leaders have descended upon Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during an extended faction meeting of the right-wing bloc members at the Knesset, in Jerusalem. Israel's attorney general has formally charged Netanyahu in a series of corruption scandals. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit issued an indictment Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, charging Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and bribery. Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and said he is a victim of a witch hunt.

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A short letter handwritten by Mahatma Gandhi some 80 years ago, wishing the 'afflicted (Jewish) people' an 'era of peace', has been released for the first time by the National Library of Israel (NLI), in Jerusalem.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin and his wife Sarah casts their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem. Israelis began voting in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power despite a looming indictment on corruption charges.

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Israeli police clashes with Palestinian worshippers at al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

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Palestinains celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.in front of the Dome of then Rock shrine in Jerusalem.

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Israeli forces blow up a building in a Palestinian village of Sur Baher, east Jerusalem. Israeli work crews have begun demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood. Demolitions cap a years-long legal battle over the buildings, which straddle the city and the occupied West Bank.

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People visit an art installation in Jerusalem. The project in downtown Jerusalem is using a tower of old windows to give a view of the city's diverse cultural past and present and bring life to a neglected area.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas honours Indian origin Sheikh Mohammad Munir Ansari with the medal of Star of Jerusalem, in Jerusalem.

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Orthodox pilgrims hold crosses during a Good Friday procession in Jerusalem.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote with his wife Sara during Israel's parliamentary elections in Jerusalem.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, in Mea Shearim ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem.

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A man wears U.S. President Donald Trump's mask during the Purim festival in Mea Shearim ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Scroll of Esther.

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Palestinians clash with Israeli police outside the Old City after police blocked the entrances to Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem. Israeli police closed the entrances to Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site after Palestinian suspects threw a firebomb at a police station.

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Members of the Gur Hassidic sect attend a traditional ultra-Orthodox Jewish wedding in Jerusalem.

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Israeli forces detain a protester during a demonstration against a newly opened Israeli highway that has a large concrete wall segregating Israeli and Palestinian traffic, near Jerusalem.

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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, seated front row forth from left, participates in a virtual reality demonstration at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer are sitting alongside.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, speaks with Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz right, Israeli sports and culture minister Miri Regev center, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan left, and Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis following a vote at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. As snap elections were called in Israel, Netanyahu emerged as the overwhelming early front-runner with rivals and commentators alike pinning their primary hopes of unseating him on a potential corruption indictment.

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Israeli border police officers are seen outside a police station in Jerusalem. Police said they arrested an assailant who stabbed and lightly wounded an officer in the station, located in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

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In this photo released by the Coptic Patriarchate, Israeli policemen arrest a Coptic priest outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Police and Coptic priests wrangled outside a contested chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. The Copts were protesting the arrival of Israel Antiquities Authority restoration workers at the St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, which both Ethiopian and Egyptian Orthodox churches claim.

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Covered in prayer shawls ultra-orthodox Jewish men of the Cohanim Priestly caste participate in a blessing during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city. The Cohanim, believed to be descendants of priests who served God in the Jewish Temple before it was destroyed, perform a blessing ceremony of the Jewish people three times a year during the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

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Activists hold the Israeli Declaration of Independence papers as they protest Jewish nation bill, during a Knesset session in Jerusalem. The law, sponsored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and passed by parliament last month, endorsed the country's identity as the nation-state of the Jewish people. But it also downgraded Arabic from an official language to one of "special standing" and emphasized "developing Jewish settlement as a national value."

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, touches the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Duke of Cambridge is on his first official three days visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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Amy Adams arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sharp Objects" at the Cinerama Dome.

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Palestinians pray in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque during the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem.

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Israeli Arab Knesset members and left wing activists participate in protest against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, during the embassy's official inauguration ceremony.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, left, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends the opening ceremony of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, attends the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, US President Donald Trump's top aides and supporters celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a call on at his residence in Jerusalem.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Cohanim Priestly caste, some covering their heads with prayer shawls, participate in a blessing during the Jewish holiday of Passover, at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City. The Cohanim, believed to be descendants of priests who served God in the Jewish Temple before it was destroyed, perform a blessing ceremony of the Jewish people three times a year during the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

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Ethiopian Israelis protest in front of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Hundreds of Ethiopian immigrants are protesting outside Israel's parliament, demanding the government fulfill a pledge to bring some 8,000 of their countrymen remaining in Ethiopia to Israel.

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An effigy of an Israeli soldier hangs in Mea Shearim ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem. Police removed an effigy of an Israeli soldier hung in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem during the Purim festival. The community has been protesting against the enlistment of some Ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Israeli military.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, shake hands with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Israel's parliament in Jerusalem.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

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Eritrean migrants wear chains to mimic slaves at a demonstration against the Israeli government's policy to forcibly deport African refugees and asylum seekers from Israel to Uganda and Rwanda, outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Hebrew signs read, "no for deportation, Rwanda equal to death" and "slaves for sale."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

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King David, 1946 Debris after bombing of the hotel in Jerusalem, Palestine

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Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the West Bank City of Nablus.

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Israeli troops fire teargas towards Palestinians during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

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A Palestinian protester burns tires during clashes with Israeli troops following protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City is seen while Jewish orthodox men pray in a cemetery in jerusalem, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Jerusalem's Old City is seen while Jewish orthodox men pray in a cemetery in Jerusalem a day after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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A view of Jerusalem Old City seen from Mount of Olives.

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Palestinian burn a poster of the U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in Bethlehem, West Bank.

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Palestinian hold posters of the U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest in Bethlehem, West Bank. President Trump forged ahead with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests.

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A group of Israelis play on the walls of Tower of David compound in Jerusalem.

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A view of Jerusalem's old city. U.S. officials say President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests.

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A view of Jerusalem's old city. U.S. officials say President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson turns to leave after a media opportunity with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the State Department in Washington.

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Ultra Orthodox Jewish youths, argue with Israeli police officer during a protest against their enlistment in the army outside the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem.

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Israeli Rafael weapon company worker holds a model rocket during the Jerusalem March, during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, in downtown Jerusalem. Thousands of Evangelical Christians from around the world took part in the event which was organized by the International Christian Embassy and the Jerusalem municipality.

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Masked militants from the al-Nasser Brigades, an armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), march with their weapons on a vehicle during a parade against Israeli arrangements in a contested Jerusalem shrine, along the streets of Gaza City. Muslim leaders urged the faithful to keep up their prayer protests and avoid entering a contested Jerusalem shrine, even after Israel dismantled metal detectors that initially triggered the tensions.

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Israeli police officers dismantle metal detectors outside the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Israel's security cabinet has decided to remove metal detectors set up at the entrance to a Jerusalem holy site which had angered Muslims.

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Jerusalem's Old City is seen trough a door with the shape of star of David. Israel has begun dismantling metal detectors it installed a week earlier at the gates of a contested Jerusalem shrine, amid widespread Muslim protests.

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Palestinians run away from tear gas thrown by Israeli police officers outside Jerusalem's Old City. Israel police severely restricted Muslim access to a contested shrine in Jerusalem's Old City to prevent protests over the installation of metal detectors at the holy site.

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Team Afghanistan participates in the opening ceremony for the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington. The six-girl robotics team from Afghanistan is attending the international competition in Washington, after clearing visa obstacles that prompted intervention from President Donald Trump. The three-day high school competition is the first annual robotics competition designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in math and science.

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The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is seen in Jerusalem's Old City. On Friday, three Palestinian assailants opened fire from a sacred site known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount, inside the walled Old City, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead.

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Palestinian Muslim worshipers prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque pray outside Jerusalem's Old City. Israel's police chief says two officers were killed in an attack by Palestinian assailants near a major Jerusalem shrine.

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Israeli border police officers body-search Palestinians in Jerusalem's Old City. Three Palestinian assailants opened fire on Israeli police from inside a major Jerusalem holy site, killing two officers before being shot dead, police said.

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An Israeli police officer stands guard at the scene of an attack in the West Bank, near Jerusalem. The Israeli military said troops shot and killed a Palestinian assailant who attacked a soldier at a traffic junction after attempting to ram his car into the junction.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev visits the 'Hall of Names', in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Leader of the Opposition of Knesset, Isaac Herzog, in a meting in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awardees from Israel in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his counterpart from Israel Benjamin Netanyahu during their visit to see an exhibition on India-Jewish Heritage at Israeli museum, in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visit an exhibition on India-Jewish Heritage at Israeli museum in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart from Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visit an exhibition on India-Jewish Heritage at Israeli museum in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, one of the survivors of the Nov. 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, in Jerusalem, Israel. "Namaste, aapka swagat hai hamare desh mein (welcome to our country)," Moshe said while reading out a short and emotional message for PM Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center right, meet with with Moshe Holtzberg, center, an Israeli boy, whose parents were killed in the Nov. 26, 2008 terrorist attack on the Mumbai Chabad House, at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center right, meet with with Moshe Holtzberg, center, an Israeli boy, whose parents were killed in the Nov. 26, 2008 terrorist attack on the Mumbai Chabad House, in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, one of the survivors of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, in Jerusalem, Israel. Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu is also seen.

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, right, shakes hand with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the president's official residence in Jerusalem. Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, the result of growing ties that have led to billions of dollars in defence deals.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin prior to a meeting in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Shiite Muslims walk on representation of Israeli and U.S flags during a rally to mark Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Karachi, Pakistan. Al-Quds Day is the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan declared by the Iranian late spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as an international day of struggle against Israel and for the liberation of Jerusalem.

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A cleric and his wife stand in front of a mural showing depicting members of paramilitary Basij during an annual pro-Palestinian rally marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day in Tehran, Iran. Iran held rallies across the country, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel."

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Israeli police stand around a body of a Palestinian in Jerusalem. Three Palestinians armed with an automatic weapon and knives attacked Israeli officers on duty near Jerusalem's Old City in twin attacks at two locations, critically wounding one before they were shot and killed.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a basket of fruit he received from local children in memory of the Biblical commandment for farmers to bring the "first fruits" (bikurim in Hebrew) to the Temple ahead of the holiday of Shavuot durirng a special cabinet meeting for Jerusalem Day, held in the Western Wall tunnels in Jerusalem's Old City.

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US first lady Melania Trump, left, and Sara Netanyahu pose with children during a visit to the Hadassa hospital, in Jerusalem.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right and US President Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting in Jerusalem. US President Donald Trump is opening his first visit to Israel, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a "common cause" with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran.

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US President Donald Trump, centre left and first lady Melania visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem. Trump opened his first visit to Israel, a two-day stop aimed at testing the waters for jumpstarting the dormant Middle East peace process.

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President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall, in Jerusalem.

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Covered in prayer shawls Jewish men of the Cohanim priestly caste participate in a blessing during the Passover holiday, in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City. The Cohanim, believed to be descendants of priests who served God in the Jewish Temple before it was destroyed, perform a blessing ceremony of the Jewish people three times a year during the festivals of Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

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