6 Pales­tinian teens die amid Mideast un­rest

Two Ha­mas sites in Gaza re­port­edly hit by Is­raeli airstrikes af­ter rocket fire.

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD - By Bat­sheva So­bel­man So­bel­man is a spe­cial cor­re­spon­dent. Spe­cial cor­re­spon­dents Ma­her Abukhater in Ra­mal­lah and Rushdi Abu Alouf in Gaza con­trib­uted to this re­port.

JERUSALEM — Two Pales­tinian teenagers were shot to death Satur­day in Jerusalem, of­fi­cials said, af­ter they car­ried out sep­a­rate stab­bing at­tacks on an ul­tra-Ortho­dox Jew and two Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cers.

Two more Pales­tinian teens were killed by Is­raeli forces Satur­day along the bor­der of the Gaza Strip as vi­o­lence spread and ap­peared to es­ca­late. Ac­cord­ing to the Is­raeli mil­i­tary, scores of Pales­tini­ans later breached the bor­der fence in a vi­o­lent demon­stra­tion.

Two protesters in­jured Fri­day in Gaza and the Jerusalem neigh­bor­hood of Shuafat died, for a to­tal of six Pales­tinian deaths Satur­day.

As vi­o­lence spread to in­clude Gaza, con­cern about rocket fire prompted Is­rael to de­ploy sev­eral Iron Dome aerial de­fense bat­ter­ies to its south­ern re­gion. There were no in­juries from a rocket fired into Is­rael early Satur­day. That night, mul­ti­ple sirens sounded in south­ern Is­rael as a rocket was in­ter­cepted by the Iron Dome sys­tem, Is­raeli mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

Early Sun­day, Is­raeli jets struck two Ha­mas train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the north­ern Gaza Strip in re­sponse to the rocket fire from Gaza, Pales­tinian sources said. Pales­tinian author­i­ties later said that a preg­nant woman and her 3-year-old daugh­ter were killed when their house ad­ja­cent to one of the train­ing cen­ters col­lapsed dur­ing the airstrike.

Un­rest con­tin­ued to spread Satur­day as thou­sands of Arab Is­raeli cit­i­zens ral­lied in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, com­plain­ing of trig­ger­happy se­cu­rity poli­cies against Arabs. Some protesters scuf­fled with po­lice, threw rocks and burned tires. At least 10 peo­ple were de­tained.

As ten­sion be­tween Jewish and Arab Is­raelis rose, po­lice planned ad­di­tional se­cu­rity for Jerusalem and other po­ten­tial trou­ble spots.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said in a state­ment that 13 more com­pa­nies of bor­der po­lice re­servists would be called up for de­ploy­ment “to re­store se­cu­rity and or­der in Jerusalem and through­out the coun­try.” The ex­tra forces would aug­ment three com­pa­nies al­ready called up.

The mount­ing death toll and spread of vi­o­lence to mul­ti­ple fronts has drawn in­ter­na­tional con­cern, in­clud­ing that of en­voys of the so-called Mideast Quar­tet ar­riv­ing for sep­a­rate talks with Is­raeli and Pales­tinian of­fi­cials next week.

On Satur­day, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry spoke with Ne­tanyahu and Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas.

Ne­tanyahu made it clear, his of­fice said, that he ex­pects the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity “to stop its wild and men­da­cious in­cite­ment, which is caus­ing the cur­rent wave of ter­ror­ism.”

Kerry pressed Ab­bas for con­tin­ued ef­forts to calm the sit­u­a­tion. WAFA, the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity’s of­fi­cial news agency, re­ported that Ab­bas told Kerry that Is­rael must “stop al­low­ing provo­ca­tion by set­tlers un­der army pro­tec­tion, which could lead to a sit­u­a­tion that can­not be con­tained.”

In a brief­ing Fri­day, State Depart­ment spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. wanted to see the “vi­o­lence stop, calm re­turned and real progress made ... to­ward a two-state so­lu­tion.”

Twin demon­stra­tions in Is­rael on Satur­day evening re­flected the sharp di­vide among Is­raelis. In north­ern Is­rael, right-wing protesters burned a Pales­tinian flag. In Jerusalem, mem­bers of the op­po­site camp de­clared that Ne­tanyahu was re­spon­si­ble for the sit­u­a­tion and called on him to re­sign for fail­ing to re­solve the Is­raeliPales­tinian con­flict.

Gali Tibbon AFP/Getty Im­ages

IS­RAELI BOR­DER GUARDS aid an in­jured po­lice of­fi­cer, one of two who were stabbed out­side the Old City in East Jerusalem, the sec­ond such at­tack in the same area. The at­tack took place near the Damascus Gate.

Abed al Hashlamoun Euro­pean Pressphoto Agency

REL­A­TIVES GRIEVE at the fu­neral for Mo­ham­mad Jabari, 17, in the West Bank city of He­bron. The teen was killed, po­lice said, af­ter he stabbed an Is­raeli of­fi­cer.

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