The Latest: US condemns Palestinian attacks against Israelis

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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 2:57 PM
The Latest: US condemns Palestinian attacks against Israelis

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing violence between Palestinians and Israelis (all times local):

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9:45 p.m.

The Obama administration has issued a strong condemnation of Palestinian incitement and assaults against Israeli civilians and soldiers after a particular bloody day of violence.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday "the U.S. condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks, the recent terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians which resulted in the murder of three Israelis and left numerous others wounded." He said the U.S. stresses the "importance of condemning violence and combating incitement."

Earnest added that the administration is "deeply concerned" about the escalating violence and urges all sides to restore calm.

Earlier Wednesday, a pair of Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem killed three Israelis. Some eight Israelis and 28 Palestinians have died in a month of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.

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6:40 p.m.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says a Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli fire during a protest in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Spokesman Osama Najar said the 27-year-old was shot in the back, and nine other people were wounded in Tuesday's clash.

The Israeli military says it opened fire as a protester threw a firebomb at a car.

Some 28 Palestinians have been killed in a month of Israeli-Palestinian unrest, which has spread from Jerusalem to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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6:05 p.m.

Israel's prime minister says his government is working on a series of "aggressive steps" in response to a wave of Palestinian attacks.

Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement in a speech to parliament. He left a gathering of senior security officials to give the speech, then returned to the security discussions.

"We will use and not hesitate to use all means at our disposal to restore calm," he said. "I'm sure the steps we will take will let the other side know that terror doesn't pay."

Earlier Wednesday, a pair of stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem killed three Israelis. Some eight Israelis and 27 Palestinians have died in a month of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.

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2:50 p.m.

Israeli police say a Jewish Israeli man stabbed another Jew in northern Israel in a suspected failed revenge attack.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld initially called Tuesday's stabbing near the IKEA store in Kiryat Ata a criminally motivated attack. Later, police said they concluded the man was hoping to stab an Arab in revenge for a wave of violent attacks against Jews that has spread across Israel.

However, he attacked another Israeli Jew whom he thought was an Arab because of his Middle Eastern appearance.

The 22-year-old victim was moderately wounded.

Earlier in the day, a pair of separate Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem killed three Israelis. Coupled with another two stabbing attacks in the central Israeli city of Raanana that injured five, the day marked a dramatic escalation of the monthlong wave of violence.

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1:10 p.m.

The Israeli military says hundreds of Palestinian protesters in Gaza have gathered near the Israeli border and are throwing stones and burning tires toward Israeli positions.

The army says it is using "riot dispersal means" against the crowd.

Palestinian medics say five people have been wounded Tuesday by Israeli gunfire, two of them seriously.

A wave of violence in Israel and the West Bank has spread to Gaza in recent days, with Palestinians staging protests along the border.

Over the weekend, nine Palestinians in Gaza, including a mother and her 2-year-old child, were killed in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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12:35 p.m.

Israeli police say the death toll from a pair of separate stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem has risen to three.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says one of those seriously injured when two Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers has succumbed to his wounds. A 60-year-old man was also killed, as was one of the attackers.

In a separate, near-simultaneous attack, another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders. Police said one Israeli was killed.

The attacks, coupled with another two separate stabbing attacks in the central Israeli city of Raanana that injured five, marked a dramatic escalation of the monthlong wave of violence.

Since the Jewish New Year last month, eight Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings. At least 27 Palestinians been killed by Israeli fire, including 11 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in such confrontations.

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12:00 p.m.

Gaza's Hamas rulers have praised a pair of separate stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem that killed two Israelis and wounded several others.

Israeli police says two attackers stabbed and shot people on a bus. One of the attackers was killed and the other wounded. Almost simultaneously, another Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop and stabbed people there.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said it "praises these heroic operations in Jerusalem and greets the heroes who carried them out."

The attacks, plus another two separate stabbing attacks in the central Israeli city of Raanana that injured five, mark the most serious series of incidents in a monthlong wave of violence.

Since the Jewish New Year last month, seven Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings. At least 27 Palestinians been killed by Israeli fire, including 11 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in such confrontations.

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11:00 a.m.

Israeli medical services say at least two people have been killed and 20 wounded in a pair of separate attacks in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says two attackers stabbed and shot people on a bus and were captured at the scene. One person was killed.

Almost simultaneously, there was another stabbing attack at a bus stop in another part of the city that killed another person. The attacker was shot dead.

The attacks, plus another two stabbing attacks in the central Israeli city of Raanana, would mark the most serious series of incidents in a monthlong wave of violence.

Since the Jewish New Year last month, seven Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings. At least 27 Palestinians been killed by Israeli fire, including 11 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in such confrontations.

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10:30 a.m.

Israeli police say at least one Israeli has been killed and four wounded in a pair of separate attacks in Jerusalem.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says two attackers stabbed and shot people on one side of the city and were captured at the scene. Almost simultaneously, there was another stabbing attack in another part of the city. Israeli emergency services say they have treated eight wounded people.

Israeli media are reporting that there are more casualties in the attacks.

Since the Jewish New Year last month, six Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings. At least 26 Palestinians been killed by Israeli fire, including 10 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in such confrontations.

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9:00 a.m.

Israeli police say a Palestinian has stabbed an Israeli on a main road in central Israel.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says an east Jerusalem man stabbed another man waiting at a bus stop on the main thoroughfare of Raanana. The Israeli was moderately wounded and the attacker was apprehended and beaten by local residents before he was taken to a hospital.

Tuesday's stabbing is the latest incident in a monthlong wave of attacks.

Since the Jewish New Year last month, five Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings. At least 26 Palestinians been killed by Israeli fire, including 10 identified by Israel as attackers and the rest in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in such confrontations.

On Monday, Palestinians carried out three stabbings in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition.