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Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians continued to escalate on Sunday.
Four Israelis were stabbed by an Israeli Arab assailant in northern Israel Sunday night and a police officer was wounded on Sunday morning after a Palestinian driver detonated a bomb at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim. Earlier, Palestinian officials reported that a 30-year-old pregnant Palestinian woman and her 2-year-old daughter were killed after Israel struck two targets in Gaza
The Israel Air Force struck Gaza soon after the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a rocket fired from the Strip over southern Israel's Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
On Saturday, two Palestinians were killed amid clashes at the Gaza border and four Israelis - two police officers and two civilians - were wounded in a pair of stabbing attacks near East Jerusalem's Damascus Gate.
11:10 P.M. A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in southern Israel's Eshkol Regional Council, the IDF said. No injuries or damages were reported.
11:02 P.M. Israel Police forces and Israeli Arab demonstrators clash on Route 70 near Abu Sinan (Noa Shpigel)
10:05 P.M. Israeli Arab assailant in Gan Shmuel identified as Ala Raed Zyud, a 22-year-old resident of Umm al-Fahm. (Jack Khoury)
9:13 P.M. Rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel land inside the Strip. (Almog Ben Zikri)
9:07 P.M. Dozens of demonstrators gather at Israeli Arab towns throughout north Israel, many of whom are wearing masks and burning tires. Police forces are on the scene Kafr Kana, Kafr Rinna, Tur'an and Majdal Krum. (Noa Shpigel)
8:48 P.M. Rocket alarm sirens sound in Sderot (Haaretz)
8:10 P.M. The security cabinet discussed further possible steps that they could take against the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the relevant legal parties to formulate evidentiary bases in the coming days that would allow Israel to declare the Islamic Movement illegal. A senior official in Jerusalem said that they would continue this discussion in the coming days. (Barak Ravid) Read full article here
7:37 P.M. Four Israelis were wounded in stabbing attack in northern Israel. A 19-year-old female Israeli soldier is in serious condition, a 14-year-old girl is in medium condition and two others are in light condition. The assailant was an Israeli Arab. (Noa Shpigel) Read full article here
7:24 P.M. Palestinians report 12-year-old boy killed by IDF gunfire near Ramallah. (Jack Khoury)
7:22 P.M. Cleared for publication: One of the three Israelis wounded in the stabbing attack in north Israel is a 14-year-old girl, wounded in moderate condition. A 20-year-old man was also injured, but the severity of his condition is unknown. (Noa Shpigel) Read full article here
7:06 P.M. At least three Israeli citizens reported wounded in stabbing attack on Route 65's Alon Junction, near northern Israel's Gan Shmuel. One of the wounded was a 19-year-old female IDF soldier, who is in moderate condition. (Noa Shpigel) Read full article here
6:58 P.M. 26-year-old Nazareth resident arrested on suspicion of throwing firebomb at police forces (Noa Shpigel)
5:36 P.M. Security Cabinet begins meet on Jerusalem, West Bank security situation (Barak Ravid)
5:17 P.M. The number of protestors near Shujaiyeh, Gaza increased to 200 people. The IDF fired into the air and sprayed gas at the demonstrators. In response, Palestinians are throwing stones and burning tires. There are now two more points of protest on the Gaza border near Be'eri and Re'im. (Almog Ben Zikri)
5:01 P.M. 332 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank and East Jerusalem today, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported. 51 were wounded by rubber-coated bullets, 204 were due to gas inhalation, and six were burned. 32 others were wounded in the Gaza strip; seven by live bullets, 21 by gas, and four were run over. (Jack Khoury)
4:40 P.M. A senior official at the Shin Bet security service said at the weekly Israeli government meeting that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is not encouraging terrorism "and is even instructing his security forces to prevent terror attacks as much as possible." (Barak Ravid) Read full article here
4:14 P.M. Jews tried to run over a group of Palestinian children in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Palestinian reports say. There were no injuries. (Nir Hasson)
3:27 P.M. MK Ahmad Tibi, Joint List member: Once again the Israeli government and its leader are fanning the flames, implementing stricter policies on Palestinian minors, but maintaining the rules of engagement on the Israeli side. They're creating the Wild West – there are public executions of Palestinians on the streets. Palestinians don't need new reasons to incite violence; the Israeli government, its occupation, and its injustices are motivation enough for their anger. (Jack Khoury)
3:05 P.M. Palestinian medical teams report dozens of casualties from live and rubber-coated bullets in violent clashes near Nablus, at Hawara checkpoint near the city, west of the West Bank city of Tul Karm and in the Abu Dis area in Jerusalem. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported its medical team tended to at least 70 casualties. (Jack Khoury)
2:03 P.M. Some 50 Palestinians are protesting near the Gaza border fence. (Almog Ben Zikri)
1:55 P.M. General strike in Arab sector: The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee declared a general strike on Tuesday in the Arab sector, including the education system. On this day, the committee decided, a demonstration will be held in the Galilee town of Sakhnin. (Jack Khoury)
12:55 P.M. The government unanimously approved on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bill setting mandatory minimum prison sentences for throwing rocks, firebombs and firecrackers. The bill also seeks to impose fines on minors and their parents. (Barak Ravid)
12:11 P.M. PM asks AG to open probe against MK Zoabi: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to open a criminal probe against MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint List) for incitement to violence. (Barak Ravid)
12:05 P.M. Israeli Arab woman carrying knife arrested at Afula central bus station. (Haaretz)
11:54 A.M. Shots fired from Gaza hit a vehicle near a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council, near the border with the Gaza Strip. No casualties reported. (Almog Ben Zikri)
9:50 A.M. Explosion at Ma'ale Adumim checkpoint: The police officer was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, and the Palestinian woman is being treated at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Police said gas tanks were found in her car.
7:26 A.M. Explosion at Ma'aleh Adumim checkpoint: A police officer, 45, was lightly wounded after an explosion took place at the A-Zaim checkpoint near Ma’aleh Adumim. The checkpoint was closed following the incident.
Preliminary reports say a suspicious vehicle drew the attention of the officer, who signaled the driver, a Palestinian woman, to stop for inspection. The driver then yelled "allahu akbar" and initiated an explosive device. The driver suffered moderate wounds. (Nir Hasson and Chaim Levinson)
5:15 A.M. Palestinian woman killed after Gaza strike: Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said a 30-year-old pregnant woman and her 2-year-old daughter died after their house collapsed following Israeli airstrikes in the area.
Al-Qedra added that four members of the woman's family were injured in the building's collapse.
11 Palestinians have died in Gaza since clashes erupted Friday between Palestinians and Israeli forces along the border. (DPA)
3:00 A.M. Israel strikes Gaza: The IDF Spokesperson confirmed that the Israeli Air Force struck two Hamas weapons manufacturing sites in the northern Gaza Strip following rocket fire several hours ago.
The strike comes after a rocket was fired from Gaza toward Israel late on Saturday, follwing the killing of two Gazans during protests near the border fence with Israel. An Iron Dome battery intercepted the rocket from Gaza, no casulties or damage was reported. (Haaretz)
1:14 A.M. Reports of stone-throwing on Route 6 around central Israel's Taibeh and Bahan. Police are searching the area. (Yaniv Kubovich)