Violence Escalates in Jerusalem and West Bank

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From Willa Frej writing at the Huffington Post:

Violence in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem showed no sign of abating as stabbings and violent protests continued throughout the weekend. Since Friday, seven Palestinians and two Israelis have died and several were severely injured, reported Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post.

Here are the latest developments as leaders scramble to deal with the growing crisis.

On Saturday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli border patrol officer at the Qalandia crossing in the West Bank, Reuters reported. He then wielded a second knife and attempted to stab a second policeman. The alleged attacker was shot and killed.

Two Palestinians attempted to harm more Israeli border police in East Jerusalem later that day. They were both shot dead.

In Hebron, an Israeli civilian shot and killed an 18-year-old Palestinian, identified as Fadel Mohammed al Qawasameh, according to Haaretz. The shooter claimed Qawasameh was trying to stab him, a claim Palestinian officials said was dubious.

Two more Palestinians attempted stabbings and were shot dead by Israeli police in Hebron over the weekend, Haaretz reported.

Read the rest of the story at the Huffington Post.