The Latest: Israeli police say they foil West Bank stabbing

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Posted: Oct 25, 2015 8:34 AM
The Latest: Israeli police say they foil West Bank stabbing

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

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2:30 p.m.

Israeli police say forces have shot a female Palestinian in the West Bank city of Hebron after an attempted stabbing.

Police said the woman approached a police checkpoint in the volatile city on Sunday and pulled out a knife. An officer quickly shot her and she was in serious condition.

They say no one on the Israeli side was hurt.

Hundreds of Israeli settlers live in heavily guarded enclaves in Hebron, amid more than 150,000 Palestinians. The city is a frequent flashpoint of violence.

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12:30 p.m.

Israel's prime minister says the country "has an interest" in round-the-clock video surveillance at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the cameras will allow Israel "to refute the claim" that Israel is changing a longstanding arrangement at the site that allows Jews to visit but not pray.

The current round of Israeli-Palestinian violence was fueled by rumors that Israel plans to change the delicate status quo at the holy site. Israel adamantly denies the claim, which has been fueled by a growing number of visits by Jewish activists and hard-line Israeli lawmakers who seek an increased Jewish presence at the site.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday announced an agreement between Israel and Jordan, including the video monitoring, that are meant to put an end to a monthlong outburst of violence.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat gave the plan a cool reception Sunday, saying Israel just wants the cameras to track and arrest Palestinians.

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10:50 a.m.

The Israeli military says a Palestinian stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli in the West Bank.

The military says the assailant fled the scene. The victim was stabbed after he pulled over and exited his car, which Palestinians were pelting with rocks, the military said.

Sunday's incident comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Israel and Jordan had agreed on steps to help bring an end to a monthlong wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

The agreement included round-the-clock video monitoring at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the center of recent tensions. It was not immediately clear whether the steps would be enough to calm the unrest.