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Clashes in Jerusalem ahead of explosive funeral

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Israeli police have clashed with Palestinians across east Jerusalem ahead of a potentially explosive funeral that was delayed for a day and tight security conditions imposed.

Relatives of Abdelrahman Shaludi, the Palestinian driver who ploughed into a Jerusalem crowd on Wednesday, killing an Israeli baby, were told to be ready to bury him at an undisclosed time on Sunday, their lawyer said.

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The internment, near Jerusalem’s Old City walls, will take place at some time between 11am and midnight, only 20 mourners will be permitted to attend and they will have to submit their names to police in advance, lawyer Mohammed Mahmud said in a statement.

Police branded as a “terror attack” the incident on Wednesday in which Shaludi, 21, from east Jerusalem’s flashpoint Silwan neighbourhood drove at high speed into a crowd of Israelis.

Three-month-old Haya Zissel Braun was killed and six others injured.

Shaludi was shot dead by police as he fled on foot.

He was to have been buried on Friday evening but Israeli media said security authorities wanted to impose draconian security conditions, fearing violence.

Tensions have been running high since the incident with nightly clashes across Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

As evening fell, violence again erupted there on Saturday.