LIVE UPDATES: Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Response to Gaza Rocket Fire

Dozens of Palestinians break through Gaza border fence; two Gaza minors killed by Israeli forces near Gaza border; Palestinians report 568 wounded in clashes, over 400 by tear gas; two officers wounded in Jerusalem stabbing.


Read the latest analyses and opinions on the escalating violence throughout Israel and the West BankThe Palestinian terror wave isn’t an intifada, yet (Amos Harel); No one is fighting for the people of Jerusalem (Anshel Pfeffer) ; Israel must recognize Israeli Arabs’ identity as Palestinians (Jack Khoury).

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians continued to escalate over the weekend.

On Saturday, two stabbing attacks took place near Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem a few hours apart. In the first, two civilians were stabbed before the assailant was shot dead. In the second, the assailant wounded two police officers before he was killed. 

On Friday afternoon, seven Palestinians were killed and over 60 were wounded during clashes with Israeli forces near the Gaza border fence. Meanwhile, one Palestinian was killed and more than 400 were wounded during clashes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Also on Friday, two Israelis were lightly wounded in stabbing attacks several hours after an Israeli stabbed three Palestinians and a Bedouin man in the southern Israeli city of Dimona.

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Live updates:

5:15 A.M. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said a 30-year-old pregnant woman and her four-year-old daughter died after her 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. 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. (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)

11:10 P.M. Rocket intercepted by Iron Dome after alarm sirens sound in southern Israel's Hof Ashkelon Regional Council. (Almog Ben Zikri)


10:52 P.M.  Ibrahim Awad, a Palestinian from Beit Omar north of Hebron, died two days after he was seriously wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank. (Haaretz)

9:57 P.M. The Joint Arab List and the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee announced they have postponed a visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque slated for Sunday. According to sources in the Committee, the decision was made due to "internal considerations," but Haaretz has learned the Israeli Arab leadership has been asked by Palestinian Authority officials to postpone the visit in light of the high tensions in the area. (Jack Khoury)

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9:39 P.M. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 568 Palestinians were wounded in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday: 26 by live fire, 148 by rubber bullets, 408 by tear gas, and 4 by beating. (Haaretz)

9:11 P.M. Acre police arrested an Israeli Arab woman suspected of writing online that she wants to become a shahid, or martyr, implying that she wishes to perpetrate a suicide attack against Israelis. (Noa Shpigel) 

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8:45 P.M. Dozens of Palestinians broke through the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. Five were arrested by Israeli troops and the rest turned back into the Strip. (Almog Ben Zikri)

8:16 P.M. Several dozen youths threw stones and firebombs at police forces in Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel. Eight suspects were arrested.


At the same time, dozens of right-wing protesters were demonstrating in Ben Gurion Boulevard in Haifa, opposite several dozen Israeli Arab protesters. Police were keeping the two protests a hundred meters apart. (Noa Shpigel) 

7:58 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene a discussion on Sunday over the possibility of outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. The Prime Minister's Office said that the security establishment has been formulating several measures against the organization and its "incitement." (Barak Ravid)

5:56 P.M. Clashes in Gaza: Two Palestinian minors were killed by Israeli forces fire during protests near the security fence in the Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian media, 12-year-old Marwan Barbakh and 15-year-old Khalil Othman were killed east of Khan Younis in the southern Strip.

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The Palestinian Health Ministry first reported another minor, a 13-year-old, was killed by Israeli forces near the Erez Crossing, but later stated that he was seriously wounded. Several Palestinians were also wounded in the clashes. (Jack Khoury)

5:38 P.M. Several Palestinians were wounded by sponge bullets in clashes with police at Sultan Suliman Street in East Jerusalem, which erupted shortly after a Palestinian stabbed two police officers nearby and was shot dead.

At the same time, Jewish youths assaulted a Jew in Jerusalem, mistaking him for an Arab. Police were searching for the suspected assailants. (Nir Hasson)

5:30 P.M. Ten protesters were arrested for stone-throwing and rioting during a demonstration in Ramle, attended by some 100 protesters.  (Haaretz)

5:08 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the escalation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over the phone on Friday evening. According to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu told Kerry that he expects the Palestinian Authority "to cease its fraudulent, reckless incitement which causes the current wave of terrorism."

According to the statement, Kerry told Netanyahu that the U.S. is aware that Israeli policy is to maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount, not to change it. (Barak Ravid)  

4:54 P.M. Clashes broke out between Palestinians and police at the Sultan Suliman Street, near Damascus Gate, where a Palestinian assailant stabbed police officers before he was shot dead. (Nir Hasson)

4:30 P.M. Second attack in Jerusalem: Jerusalem Police said the assailant attacked two officers after they asked him for an I.D. outside Damascus Gate. The assailant showed his I.D. and then drew a knife and stabbed the officers, wounding one in the neck. Nearby officers fired at the assailant, killing him, but also wounding two officers, including one of those stabbed. (Nir Hasson)

3:45 P.M. Second attack in Jerusalem: A Palestinian stabbed police officers near Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem before he was shot dead, in the second attack today in Jerusalem. One officer was seriously wounded by friendly fire while overpowering the assailant. Another suffered moderate wounds. The third was lightly wounded. (Nir Hasson)

1:00 P.M. Iron Dome deployed in south: An Iron Dome missile defense battery has been deployed in Be'er Sheva. Other batteries have been already been installed in other cities across southern Israel: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, Ofakim and Eilat.

Officials in the military are concerned about further escalation in violence after seven Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces when they approached the Gaza border during a demonstration on Friday. Dozens were wounded in the clash.

According to the IDF's Southern Command, 3,000 people took part in the central protest, across from Kibbutz Nahal Oz, during which firebombs were thrown toward security forces and a gate in the border fence was set on fire. Many of the protesters sought to cross the border, according to the IDF. Similar rallies place in other areas of the border. (Almog Ben Zikri)

10:43 A.M. Clashes in East Jerusalem: A Palestinian who was seriously wounded in an exchange of fire with Israeli forces at the Shoafat refugee camp overnight has died of his wounds, hospital officials say.

The Jerusalem police department said that Palestinians hurled rocks, firebombs and explosives at border policemen at the refugee camp. During the riot, the 25-year-old man opened fire at the officers, who shot back at him. (Jack Khoury and Reuters)

10:29 A.M. Stabbing in Jerusalem: Two people were wounded in a stabbing on Haneviim Street in Jerusalem. The assailant was shot and killed. According to Magen David Adom, one man sustained moderate wounds while another was lightly hurt in the attack. The men, both in their sixties, were rushed to the Hadassah-Ein Kerem Medical Center. (Nir Hasson) Read the full story

8:30 A.M. Death toll in Gaza clashes rises: Palestinian man, 22, dies of wounds sustained in Friday's clash with Israeli security forces on the Gaza border, raising the death toll in the confrontation to seven. (Jack Khoury)

7:30 A.M. Clashes in East Jerusalem: The Palestinian gunman who was seriously wounded in clashes with security forces in Shoafat overnight opened fire on border policemen before being shot, the Jerusalem police department says.

According to the statement, the gunman, 25, was part of a group that approached the officers during a riot at the refugee camp. "One of them opened fire toward the Border Police combatants, who fired back, hitting the terrorist," the statement said. A knife and bullet casings were found on his person.

No casualties were reported among the border policemen. (Nir Hasson)

3:15 A.M. Infiltration attempt thwarted near Hebron: The IDF Spokesman reports that a terrorist attempted to infiltrate a settlement near Hebron, but was foiled. According to the statement, a soldier noticed an assailant holding knife and gun and "neutralized" him. (Haaretz)

2:54 A.M. Clahes in East Jerusalem: According to Palestinian reports, three Palestinians sustained serious injuries in confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces in Shoafat. (Jack Khoury)

2:03 A.M. A Palestinian gunman was shot by a force of Israeli Border Police officers in Shoafat. He was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries. (Army Radio)

1:52 A.M. Police close Route 6 exit to Baqa al-Gharbiyye following, after protesters hurled stones at ongoing traffic. A police force is on the scene to ensure that the throwing of rocks does not resume. (Noa Shpigel)

01:11 A.M. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open field in Israel not far from the border. No damage or injuries reported. (Haaretz)

00:56 A.M. Sirens sound in a number of Israeli towns near the border with the Gaza Strip. (Haaretz)

00:53 A.M. A Police source told Haaretz that its forces have arrested eight suspects in riots in Nazareth, Kfar Kanna, Sakhnin, and Arraba, all Arab towns in the Galilee. The source added that the protesters have dispersed. (Noa Shpigel)