Gaza official says Israeli airstrike kills mother and child

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli airstrike killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 2-year-old daughter in Gaza on Sunday as a wave of Palestinian attacks in Israel and the West Bank, including the first using an explosive device, showed no signs of abating.

Israeli security officials said a 31-year-old woman in the West Bank detonated a gas canister in her car at a checkpoint, critically wounding herself and slightly wounding an Israeli policeman.

The attack appeared to mark the first use of an explosive device in the current round of violence following a series of stabbing and shooting assaults. The violence has unnerved a jittery Israel, and prompted the United States on Saturday to call for restraint by all sides.

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Palestinian mourners weep during the funeral of two-year-old, Rahaf Hassan, and her 30-year-old pregnant mother, Noor Hassan, who were killed in Israeli air strike Sunday morning, during their funeral in the family house south of Gaza city in the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. In response to renewed rocket fire toward Israel, the military said it carried out airstrikes in Gaza targeting Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities. Ashraf Al-Kidra, a Health Ministry spokesman in Gaza, said a nearby home was struck, which killed Rahaf and Noor and wounded four others including Noor's husband and son. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Yahia Hassan, the father of two-year-old, Rahaf Hassan, weeps as he hugs her body after she and her 30-year-old pregnant mother, Noor Hassan, were killed in Israeli air strike Sunday morning, during their funeral in the family house south of Gaza city, Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. In response to renewed rocket fire toward Israel, the military said it carried out airstrikes in Gaza targeting Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities. Ashraf Al-Kidra, a Health Ministry spokesman in Gaza, said a nearby home was struck, which killed Rahaf and Noor and wounded four others including Noor's husband and son. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian mourners weep during the funeral of two-year-old, Rahaf Hassan, and her 30-year-old pregnant mother, Noor Hassan, who were killed in an Israeli air strike Sunday morning, during their funeral in the family house south of Gaza city in the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. In response to renewed rocket fire toward Israel, the military said it carried out airstrikes in Gaza targeting Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities. Ashraf Al-Kidra, a Health Ministry spokesman in Gaza, said a nearby home was struck, which killed Rahaf and Noor and wounded four others including Noor's husband and son. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Yahia Hassan kisses the hand of his two-year-old daughter, Rahaf Hassan, who along with her 30-year-old pregnant mother, Noor Hassan, were killed in an Israeli air strike Sunday morning, during their funeral in the family house south of Gaza city in the Gaza Strip, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. In response to renewed rocket fire toward Israel, the military said it carried out airstrikes in Gaza targeting Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities. Ashraf Al-Kidra, a Health Ministry spokesman in Gaza, said a nearby home was struck, which killed Rahaf and Noor and wounded four others including Noor's husband and son. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians walk past a bomb hole after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building that was destroyed after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building that was destroyed after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: A Palestinian mans walks in a bomb hole after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building that was destroyed after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building that was destroyed after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians inspect the rubble of a building that was destroyed after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death) A man carries the body of 3-year-old Rahan Hassan to the morgue of al-Shifa Hospital after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Image depicts death) A man carries the body of 3-year-old Rahan Hassan to the morgue of al-Shifa Hospital after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 11: Palestinians and civil defense members search for survivors in the rubble of a building that was destroyed after Israeli forces carried out an airstrike on a house in Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 11, 2015. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Palestinian boy inspects the damage after an Israeli retaliatory air strike demolished the house of a Palestinian family on October 11, 2015 in the Zeitun sector south of Gaza City. A pregnant Palestinian mother and her toddler daughter were killed in the air strike while three others were still trapped under the home's ruins, medical sources said. Israel said it had targeted 'two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities' in response to two rocket launches at Israel the day before. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian boy inspects the damage after an Israeli retaliatory air strike demolished the house of a Palestinian family on October 11, 2015 in the Zeitun sector south of Gaza City. A pregnant Palestinian mother and her toddler daughter were killed in the air strike while three others were still trapped under the home's ruins, medical sources said. Israel said it had targeted 'two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities' in response to two rocket launches at Israel the day before. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A Palestinian boy inspects the damage after an Israeli retaliatory air strike demolished the house of a Palestinian family on October 11, 2015 in the Zeitun sector south of Gaza City. A pregnant Palestinian mother and her toddler daughter were killed in the air strike while three others were still trapped under the home's ruins, medical sources said. Israel said it had targeted 'two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities' in response to two rocket launches at Israel the day before. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
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The wave of attacks began weeks ago in Jerusalem and has since spread across Israel, while violent protests have erupted in the West Bank and along the Gaza border — where nine Palestinians, including two children, were killed in clashes over the weekend. The Gaza border has been largely calm since the 2014 war between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules the coastal territory.

In response to renewed rocket fire toward Israel, the military said it carried out airstrikes in Gaza targeting Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities. Ashraf Al-Kidra, a Health Ministry spokesman in Gaza, said a home in southern Gaza was struck, killing 30-year-old Noor Hassan and her young daughter. He said four other Palestinians were wounded, included Hassan's husband and son.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency said police had ordered the woman in the West Bank to pull over after she was seen trailing a police vehicle. When an officer approached her car, she chanted "God is greatest" and detonated the gas canister, it said, adding that police found handwritten letters on her praising Palestinian "martyrs."

The West Bank has been increasingly tense, with near-daily violent demonstrations. At least 45 Palestinians were wounded by live bullets in clashes between university students and Israeli forces at a military checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said hundreds of Palestinians rolled burning tires and threw rocks at forces, who responded with 0.22 caliber rounds.

In Gaza on Sunday, Palestinians demonstrated along the Israeli border fence, throwing rocks and rolling burning tires. The Israeli military said soldiers responded by firing warning shots. The Gaza Health Ministry said four Palestinians were injured.

In downtown Jerusalem, Israeli police said they arrested three young Israeli girls suspected of attacking a Palestinian employee at a store with pepper spray. Police said it appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

On Saturday, Palestinians carried out two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem before being shot dead by police, the latest in a series of stabbings in Israel and the West Bank carried out by young Palestinians with no known ties to militant groups.

Addressing his Cabinet Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country was battling a "wave of terror" fueled by "systematic, untrue incitement" by the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamic Movement in Israel. He said he would be holding consultations to discuss sanctions against the Islamic Movement, which runs education and religious services for Arab citizens of Israel.

Netanyahu says that along with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, the Islamic Movement was responsible for spreading lies about Israel's intentions regarding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

Netanyahu also singled out an Arab lawmaker, Hanin Zoabi, who he said had called on hundreds of thousands of worshippers to ascend to the site to prevent an "Israeli plot of bloodletting of east Jerusalem residents."

Netanyahu said it amounted to clear incitement to violence and has asked the attorney general to open a criminal investigation against Zoabi. Zoabi accused Netanyahu himself of "wild incitement."

Israel's Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said he is considering revoking the citizenship of Israeli Arabs who have been involved in attacks and taking away residency rights from those in east Jerusalem. Israel captured east Jerusalem in 1967, and most Palestinian residents there hold residency rights, but not citizenship.

The violence, including an apparent revenge attack in which an Israeli stabbed and wounded four Arabs on Friday, has raised fears of a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising. There have also been multiple protests inside Israel from the country's own Arab minority, with masked demonstrators clashing with police.

An Islamic State-affiliated website posted a video purporting to show a Muslim preacher in Gaza waving a knife in a fiery Friday sermon, urging Palestinians to carry out attacks in groups and warning "the Jews" that "Mohammed's army" is coming from Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Since the latest wave of unrest began this month, eight Palestinians have been killed while carrying out attacks and 13 have been killed in protests and clashes in the West Bank and Gaza. The Red Crescent medical service says over 500 Palestinians have been wounded in violent protests in the West Bank, including at least 100 from live fire.

At the start of the month, Palestinians shot two Israeli settlers to death in front of their children in the West Bank. In a separate incident, a Palestinian wielding a knife killed two Israeli men and wounded a mother and toddler in Jerusalem before being shot dead. An Israeli motorist was killed last month when his car was pelted with stones on the eve of the Jewish New Year.

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