3 Israeli police stabbed in Jerusalem

  • 11/10/2015
Israel police detain an Israeli Arab man during clashes in Nazareth at northern Israel (Reuters)
Israel police detain an Israeli Arab man during clashes in Nazareth at northern Israel (Reuters)

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians is threatening to spiral out of control with two more Palestinians killed in Gaza, two stabbings outside Jerusalem's Old City and more West Bank clashes.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and president Mahmud Abbas have sought to avoid an escalation, frustrated Palestinian youths have defied efforts to restore calm and a wave of stabbings has spread fear in Israel.

A rocket fired by Gaza militants hit southern Israel on Saturday hours (local time) after clashes along the border saw Israeli forces kill seven Palestinians.

More clashes on Saturday killed another two Palestinians.

The rocket, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility, caused no casualties.

Rioting has shaken annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, with Palestinians throwing stones and firebombs at Israeli security forces, who have responded with live fire, rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

A 22-year-old Palestinian Israeli police said they shot late on Friday after he opened fire at them in east Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp died on Saturday.

Clashes erupted after his funeral, and one Palestinian who tried to throw a firebomb at security forces was shot in the leg, police said.

On Friday, the army said there had been repeated attempts to storm the border fence between Gaza and Israel and that 1000 rioters had infiltrated the buffer zone, throwing a grenade, rocks and rolling burning tyres at troops.

After warning shots, troops fired "towards main instigators in order to prevent their advance and disperse the riot", a statement said.

Seven Palestinians were killed, including a 15-year-old, and 145 wounded, medics said.

Following Saturday's funeral of one of those killed, hundreds of young Palestinians approached the border with Israel and began demonstrating.

At one point, unarmed Hamas security forces in civilian clothes dispersed demonstrators peacefully, witnesses said.

However, clashes also broke out east of the southern city of Khan Yunis along the border fence, with a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old killed and 10 wounded by Israeli fire.

The clashes came as Hamas's chief in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, called the overall violence an intifada and urged further unrest.

Rioting hit various parts of the West Bank on Saturday, including Hebron, where youths clashed with Israeli forces after funerals of two residents killed while carrying out separate attacks earlier this week.

Stabbing attacks that have spread fear among Israelis also continued.

On Saturday morning, a Palestinian teenager stabbed and wounded two ultra-Orthodox Jews, aged 62 and 65, outside the Old City's Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem, police and medics said.

Police said they shot and killed the 16-year-old identified as Ishak Badran of Kafr Aqeb in east Jerusalem.

Hours later in the same area, a 19-year-old Palestinian also from Kafr Aqeb stabbed two police officers before himself being shot dead.

The stabbing victims were in moderate condition, medics said, with a third seriously wounded after being shot by another officer trying to target the assailant.

One revenge stabbing has occurred, with a 17-year-old Jew in the southern Israeli city of Dimona wounding two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis on Friday.

AFP