Fighting breaks out between Israel and Palestine

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Fighting has broken out between Israel and Palestine in the Middle East. The past few days have seen the worst violence in years.

The United Nations has called for calm on both sides, however, at this stage both sides continue to war with each other.

Tensions in East Jerusalem have risen since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on 13 April with many clashes between Palestinian groups, Israeli groups and police. Then last week Israeli police stopped Palestinians meeting beside the Al-Aqsa mosque to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

In response rockets were fired by Palestinian militants into Israel. In retaliation Israel carried out air strikes on Gaza -which is ruled by a Palestinian militant group called Hamas.

The United Nations Security Council held an urgent meeting on Monday over the violence.

A History of Violence

The latest fighting is part of the ongoing conflict between Jews and Arabs, which has gone on for generations.

This has largely been over who the land should belong to and how it should be divided up since the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948.

Jerusalem is often at the centre of protests because the city is very important for religious reasons, and has many of the most important sites for Judaism, Islam and Christianity.

After a war in 1948 the city of Jerusalem ended up being split. Jordan was left in control of East Jerusalem, and Israel in control of West Jerusalem.

But after another war in 1967, Israel took control of the entire city and regards the whole of Jerusalem as its capital city.

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