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Heavily armed Israeli soldiers

Israel’s military is beginning to deploy hundreds of troops to assist police forces in Israeli cities.

The move is the first implementation of measures decided upon by Israel’s security cabinet to combat a rash of Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The cabinet met late into the night and released details of the new measures on Wednesday morning. Steps approved include allowing police to impose a closure on points of friction or incitement according to security assessments. Many of the recent attackers have come from Arab areas of Jerusalem.

The announcement came after a particularly bloody day in which a pair of Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem killed three Israelis. Three Palestinians, including two attackers, were also killed.

Eight Israelis and 27 Palestinians have died in a month of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.