LIVEBLOG: Hamas may launch rocket attacks in support of West Bank Palestinians
AFP/ Thomas Coex
An Israeli security security on Tuesday estimated that Hamas may renew its rocket fire from Gaza in support with the violence in the West Bank.
Security forces are on high alert, preparing for the possibility that the escalation will continue for a dew more days.
Meanwhile, Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon is due to arrive in Etzion Territorial Brigade for a situation assessment. "We are at the beginning of an escalation that has begun a few weeks ago following tensions in the Temple Mount and has spread to Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and other places, including to the Israeli Arab sector."
Against the backdrop of the recent wave of terrorism the Security Cabinet has convened Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late on Monday held a consultation with the country's top security officials, ordering a number of measures aimed to beef up the security arrangements across the country after a day that saw two Israelis killed in terror attacks.
Monday's violence began in southern Tel Aviv where a Palestinian teenager stabbed a 20-year-old soldier who later died of his wounds in hospital. The assailant, named as 18-year-old Nur al-Din Abu Hashiye, appeared to try to grab the soldier's rifle but was chased away and subsequently apprehended by police.
Hours later, another Palestinian attacked three Israelis outside the Alon Shvut settlement in southern West Bank, fatally stabbing a young woman and wounding two other people before a security guard shot and critically wounded him. The attacker, who was identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashlamon from Hebron, was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment, police said.
The woman - Dalia Lamkos, 26 - was critically injured and died several minutes later at the scene.
This brings the toll of Israelis killed in terror attacks in the last 30 days to six, more than the total for the last two years.
"Ten years after Arafat's death it's clear that both are Jew-haters who believe in terror," he said. "Abbas is even more dangerous because he does a better job at hiding his true visage."
Hamas were behind the attacks targeting leaders of his Fatah movement in Gaza, the leader said, charging that the rival faction was trying "to sabotage and destroy the Palestinian national project."
Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said a 20-year-old man had been killed in the explosion which took place on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing.
Officials were not immediately able to say whether it was the result of an accident or a deliberate attack.
The man, a Nablus resident, was found shot dead in an open field near the town. A 16-year-old Palestinian teenager was also wounded in the incident.
Police said the incident was likely criminal in nature.