Israelis call up more police officers amid continued violence

The Los Angeles Times

Israel began calling up additional police reserves Sunday to deploy in Jerusalem and elsewhere as the latest violent escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict entered its second week, heightening concerns it would spiral out of control.

A Palestinian woman and her 2-year-old daughter were killed early in the day in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian medical authorities, when their house collapsed after an Israeli airstrike in response to rocket fire into Israel overnight. Rocket fire has been infrequent since the summer war of 2014 but the rising Palestinian death toll in border clashes of recent days has tested the fragile calm in the coastal enclave.

Palestinian medical sources also reported a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed during clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces near Ramallah.

Also in the West Bank, an Israeli police officer suffered light burns when a Palestinian woman allegedly detonated a bomb at a checkpoint near Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Officials said the policeman had flagged down a suspicious car for inspection when the driver detonated a bomb.

Sappers checking the vehicle for further explosives found a gas canister, and police officials speculated that the car was intended to explode in Jerusalem. The driver, later identified as a 31-year-old resident of east Jerusalem, was seriously injured in the blast and taken to a Jerusalem hospital.

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