The Latest: Palestinians leader blames Israel for violence

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Posted: Oct 14, 2015 2:27 PM
The Latest: Palestinians leader blames Israel for violence

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

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9:15 p.m.

The Palestinian president says Israel's "rejection" of peace and continued building of Jewish West Bank settlements are to blame for a current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

President Mahmoud Abbas made the remarks in a brief televised speech Wednesday. He says peace and stability will only be achieved if Israel ends its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Abbas neither condemned nor encouraged the spate of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis although he called for "peaceful popular resistance."

Abbas also threatened to submit a case to the International Criminal Court against what he called Israel's "extrajudicial killings" of Palestinians.

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7:35 p.m.

The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is accusing Israel of acting in "the most savage, shameful" way, pointing to Palestinian statistics showing 30 people killed, including seven children, in the latest violence and about 1,500 wounded, a great majority youngsters.

Riyad Mansour told reporters Wednesday that Arab ambassadors will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss an Arab League call to convene an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the current violence.

He said Thursday's meeting would decide on next steps which could also include a new U.N. draft resolution.

Mansour said a resolution would likely condemn "aggression by the Israelis," demand withdrawal of all armed Israelis from points of confrontation — particularly in Jerusalem's Old City and at its holy sites, and call for protection for the Palestinian people.

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6:50 p.m.

Israeli police say an Israeli woman has been stabbed in an attack outside Jerusalem's main bus station.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the attacker stabbed the 70-year-old woman Wednesday and then attempted to board a bus before he was shot by forces at the scene. Samri says the woman was moderately wounded. The attacker's identity and condition were not immediately known.

The violence comes as Israel has begun carrying out a series of steps meant to rein in a spate of attacks by Palestinians, including deploying hundreds of soldiers in Israeli cities.

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4:45 p.m.

Israeli police say they foiled a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, killing the assailant as he attempted to stab security forces.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says no Israelis were wounded in the attempted attack Wednesday, which took place outside Jerusalem's Old City. Police did not immediately provide details of the alleged attacker's identity.

The violence comes as Israel has begun deploying hundreds of troops in a bid to counter a wave of attacks.

Wednesday's incident brings the Palestinian death toll since the start of the current wave of violence to 30, among them 13 identified by Israel as attackers with the others killed in clashes. Eight Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.

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3:25 p.m.

Dozens of Palestinian protesters are clashing with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Masked Palestinians are throwing stones in Wednesday's protest at forces who are responding with tear gas and stun grenades.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded in fierce clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank and east Jerusalem which erupted a month ago over tensions surrounding a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims.

In the ensuing violence, eight Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians. Some 29 Palestinians have been killed, among them 12 identified by Israel as attackers.

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11:15 a.m.

Israel's internal security minister says the bodies of dead Palestinian attackers should not be returned to their families for burial.

Gilad Erdan says funeral processions of Palestinians who killed Israelis often turn into "an exhibition of support for terror and incitement to murder."

Erdan says Wednesday that Israel should not allow them to "enjoy respect and ceremonies" after their deaths. He suggests that Palestinian attackers be buried without fanfare in distant cemeteries where previous Palestinian killers have been buried.

Funerals of Palestinians are a frequent flashpoint for clashes and often include calls for revenge.

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9:45 a.m.

Israel's military says it is beginning to deploy hundreds of troops to assist police forces in Israeli cities.

Wednesday's move is the first implementation of measures decided upon by Israel's security cabinet to combat a rash of Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The cabinet met late into the night and released details of the new measures early Wednesday morning. Steps approved include allowing police to impose a closure on points of friction or incitement according to security assessments. Many of the recent attackers have come from Arab areas of Jerusalem.

The announcement came after a particularly bloody day in which a pair of Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks in Jerusalem killed three Israelis. Three Palestinians, including two attackers, were also killed.

Eight Israelis and 29 Palestinians have died in a month of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.