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Oct 15, 2015

U.S. ‘excessive force’ comment touches nerve in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. State Department suggestions that Israel might be using excessive force to confront a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks drew sharp criticism on Thursday from senior Israeli cabinet ministers.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Washington of “misreading” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and he said shooting knife-wielding Palestinians was self-defense. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the U.S. remarks “foolish”.

Oct 14, 2015

Israel sets up East Jerusalem roadblocks in bid to stem attacks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel started setting up roadblocks in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and deploying soldiers in cities across the country on Wednesday to try to combat the worst surge of violence in months.

Palestinian officials condemned the security measures – the most serious clampdown in the Jerusalem area since a Palestinian uprising a decade ago – as collective punishment.

Oct 13, 2015

Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’ attacks kill three: Israeli police

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a “Day of Rage” declared by Palestinian groups.

With the worst unrest in years in Israel and the Palestinian territories showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a security cabinet meeting for 3 p.m. to discuss what police said would be new operational plans.

Oct 13, 2015

Two killed in Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’ attacks: police

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least two people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and a Tel Aviv suburb on Tuesday, police said, on a “Day of Rage” declared by Palestinian groups.

Two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a Jerusalem bus, killing one and injuring five, Israeli media reported, as Israel and the Palestinian territories suffered their worst period of unrest in years. One of the assailants was killed, an ambulance service spokesman said, and the other captured.

Oct 12, 2015

Palestinians step up pace of Jerusalem stabbings

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians escalated the pace of stabbing attacks in the Jerusalem area on Monday and Israeli police shot dead two of the alleged assailants in the worst spell of street violence for years.

Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians, including seven alleged assailants and eight children, have died in 12 days of bloodshed, stirred in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Oct 12, 2015

Israeli police say kill knife attacker as violence rages

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli paramilitary police shot dead a Palestinian at an entrance to Jerusalem’s walled Old City on Monday, saying he had tried to stab an officer on patrol during the worst spell of street violence for several years.

A Palestinian passerby disputed the police account, saying he had seen police shout at the man, then shoot him four times. “I saw no knife on him,” Hussam Wshah, 66, told Reuters.

Oct 12, 2015

Arab citizen rams and stabs four Israelis, police stop suspected Palestinian car bomb

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Arab Israeli stabbed four people near a bus stop in northern Israel on Sunday, as security forces confronted a spate of attacks against Israelis, mainly by Palestinians, in the Jewish state and the West Bank.

Four Israelis and 24 Palestinians, including eight children, have died in 12 days of bloodshed, fuelled in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem and with Palestinians attacking Israelis with knives, rocks and, in at least one incident, guns.

Oct 11, 2015

Israeli air strike kills 2 in Gaza; Israeli police say stop suspected car bomb

GAZA/JERUSALEM, Oct 11 (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike
killed a Palestinian mother and daughter in Gaza on Sunday and
police said a Palestinian detonated an explosive in her car on a
road to Jerusalem, injuring herself and a policeman.

Palestinians disputed the police account, saying an
electrical fire in the vehicle was mistaken for a bomb blast.

Oct 11, 2015

Israeli air strike kills two in Gaza; police stop suspected Palestinian car bomb

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian mother and daughter in the Gaza Strip on Sunday and police, confronting a surge of stabbing attacks in Israel, said they foiled an attempt to drive a car bomb into Jerusalem.

Four Israelis and 23 Palestinians have died in 12 days of bloodshed that has spread from Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank to Israel’s interior and Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Oct 8, 2015

Stabbing attacks reach Israel’s commercial capital

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Four people, including an Israeli soldier, were stabbed and wounded near a military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Thursday, police and ambulance sources said, as a rash of such Palestinian attacks spread to Israel’s commercial capital.

The assailant was shot and killed by another soldier as he fled, a police spokeswoman said.

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      "Heller joined Reuters from United Press International in Tel Aviv in 1984 and transferred to London in 1987. He returned to the Middle East in 1992 as a senior sub-editor on the Middle East and Africa desk before taking up a post as correspondent, Jerusalem a year later. He is currently editor-in-charge in the Jerusalem bureau."
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