Israel violence: Benjamin Netanyahu to meet John Kerry in Berlin as Israeli-Palestinian clashes continue

During a month of violence, 10 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian assailants, mostly in knife attacks, while 47 Palestinians – including 26 described by Israel as attackers – have been killed by Israeli fire

Josef Federman
Jerusalem
Wednesday 21 October 2015 21:30 BST
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Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron
Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron (EPA)

Benjamin Netanyahu was in Berlin last night ahead of a high-profile meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, aimed at restoring calm after weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

However, even as Israel’s Prime Minister left for Thursday’s meeting, the clashes continued. In one incident, a Palestinian stabbed a female soldier near Jerusalem, critically wounding her, police said, before he was shot and killed by security forces.

Elsewhere, Israeli troops shot a teenage Palestinian girl in the West Bank after she allegedly approached a settlement with a knife. Relatives identified the girl as a 14-year-old from a nearby village. The Israeli military also reported a rocket from the Gaza Strip had been fired at Israel, but caused no injuries.

During a month of violence, 10 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian assailants, mostly in knife attacks, while 47 Palestinians – including 26 described by Israel as attackers – have been killed by Israeli fire.

The meeting with Mr Kerry comes after several days of intense diplomatic efforts to end the violence. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has already rushed to the region to urge calm, meeting Mr Netanyahu on Tuesday and Mr Abbas on Wednesday. Mr Ban said the only way to end the violence was “through visible progress toward a political solution”.

AP

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