The Latest: Israeli leader condemns mob attack on Eritrean

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 10:13 AM
The Latest: Israeli leader condemns mob attack on Eritrean

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence (all times local).

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5:10 p.m.

Israel's prime minister has condemned the beating by an angry mob of a wounded Eritrean migrant who was mistakenly believed to be involved in a bus station shooting. The Eritrean man later died.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Likud Party on Monday that Israel is a "law abiding" country, saying "No one should take the law into their own hands."

Police say that during Sunday night's attack, carried out by an Arab citizen of Israel, a security guard mistakenly identified the Eritrean man as a second attacker. He shot the migrant, and as he lay on the ground a mob of people cursed him, kicked him and hit him with objects.

Netanyahu offered condolences to the man's family, and police say they are reviewing security camera footage to identify and catch the people who beat the man.

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4:20 p.m.

The Islamic State group has launched an unprecedented media campaign calling on Palestinians to continue their attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

One video urges Palestinians to carry out their attacks using every means at their disposal, including knives, vehicles, poison and explosives.

The video posted Monday on social media pages used by supporters of the IS group coincides with a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence and a climate of ratcheted up tensions among Israelis after a series of seemingly random lone-wolf attacks by Palestinians.

In the video, a masked fighter praised Arabs who are attacking Israelis, describing them as "lone wolves who refused to be subdued and spread fear among the sons of Zion."

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2:15 p.m.

Nine Palestinian doctors are heading from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank to help colleagues treat the injured after weeks of violence between the Israeli army and Palestinian protesters.

Fathi Abu Warda, the head of the delegation, said they entered Israel through a border crossing in northern Gaza on Monday and were on the way to the West Bank. Such visits are coordinated with Israel.

Abu Warda says the delegation shows the Palestinians are "one people."

The month of violence has been characterized by numerous attacks on Israelis, mostly stabbings, by Palestinian assailants. Nine Israelis have been killed, while 41 Palestinians — including 20 people identified by Israel as attackers — have died. An Eritrean migrant mistakenly identified as an attacker was also killed. Hundreds of people in the West Bank have been wounded in clashes with Israeli troops.

He said the delegation comprises surgeons, anesthesiologists and orthopedic specialists "with advanced experience" after working through three wars between Israel and Gaza militants, and dozens of violent flare-ups in the Hamas-controlled territory.

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12:45 p.m.

An Israeli official says France's ambassador to Israel has been summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in the wake of France's proposal to place independent observers at a contested Jerusalem holy site.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon says Israel expressed its "firm opposition" over the French proposal for a United Nations Security Council resolution that would establish an international presence to ensure the status quo at the site, where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray.

Nahshon said Monday that Israel is opposed to any moves not coordinated or proposed jointly with Israel that related to the country's "critical interests."

The Israeli spokesman says the French ambassador told Israeli officials that France is exploring different ideas to tackle what he called "the continuing freeze in the peace process."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that the U.S. and Jordan are also opposed to independent observers at the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

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9:50 a.m.

Israeli security officials are identifying the assailant of an Israeli bus station attack as a 21-year-old Arab citizen of Israel.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the attacker is Mohannad al-Okbi from the Bedouin town of Hura in southern Israel. He was shot and killed in the attack. She says security officers arrested one of al-Okbi's relatives on suspicion that he assisted the attacker.

The Israeli security agency Shin Bet said Monday the attacker had no past record of involvement in militant activity.

Police say the attacker was armed with a gun and knife and opened fire in a southern Israeli bus station, killing an Israeli soldier and wounding 10 people. An Eritrean migrant was also killed in the attack after an Israeli security guard fired at him, apparently thinking he was an assailant.

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9 a.m.

An Israeli hospital official says an Eritrean migrant shot during an attack on a bus station has died of his wounds.

Soroka Hospital spokeswoman Sharon Edri says the migrant died of his wounds late Sunday. Israeli officials say an Israeli soldier was also killed and several others hurt in the attack carried out by an Arab attacker armed with a gun and knife.

Israeli police said officers at the bus station mistakenly opened fire on the Eritrean man during the attack, apparently thinking he was an assailant. Security camera footage of the incident on Israeli news sites showed an Israeli security guard shooting the man as he crawled on the ground. Israeli news sites said the man was kicked by bystanders as he lay in a pool of blood.

About 34,000 Eritreans migrants are in Israel. They say they are fleeing persecution and conflict and seek refugee status.