The Latest: Israel strikes Gaza sites after rocket attack

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By The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence (all times local).

10:30 p.m.

Israel’s military says its aircraft hit targets in Gaza after gunmen there fired a rocket at southern Israel.

No injuries were reported in the Israeli strike or the earlier attack from Gaza.

The military said Monday’s rocket attack on Israel from Gaza was the 18th since January.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner says that “the intolerable reality of civilians continually living under the threat of Gaza rockets is unacceptable, unbearable and must stop. Hamas must enforce their responsibilities or face the consequences. We will act against those that attack us and hold those that enable attacks against Israel accountable.”

A shadowy Gaza group, inspired by the Islamic State organization, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Israel holds the militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza responsible for all attacks stemming from the territory.

Hamas said one of its training sites and other infrastructure were hit in the airstrikes.

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10.00 p.m.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking the help of the European Union to de-escalate the crisis with Israel, which he blamed on policies and actions of the Israeli government.

Before opening talks Monday evening with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Abbas told reporters the situation was “extremely serious and grave.”

Abbas added, “It may even deteriorate, and that is my fear.”

There have been almost daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces.

In the past five weeks, 10 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, while 52 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 30 said by Israel to be attackers and the rest in clashes.

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7:20 p.m.

A Palestinian hospital official says a Palestinian was shot and killed during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank.

Raed Said, a doctor at a hospital in Hebron said the Palestinian was pronounced dead on arrival Monday evening. He said he was killed in nearby clashes with Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military said it was checking the claim.

Also, Monday, Gaza militants fired a rocket at southern Israel, causing no injuries, the Israeli military said.

A month of almost daily Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, against Israeli civilians and security forces has killed 10 Israelis, while 52 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 30 said by Israel to be attackers and the rest in clashes.

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5:30 p.m.

Israelis are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Rabin’s daughter Dalia eulogized him at a ceremony at his graveside Monday and lamented that blood is still being shed two decades after the leader who sought peace was gunned down.

“I am not a bearer of good news today, there are no peace talks and there is terror and blood is spilling again and the impasse is growing and I have no other country and I don’t recognize my country,” she said.

Rabin was shot dead after a peace rally on Nov. 4, 1995 by a Jewish extremist who wanted to stop the peace process Rabin initiated with the Palestinians.

This year’s anniversary comes amid a fresh round of violence between the Palestinians and Israel.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and other officials.

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3:30 p.m.

The Israeli army says its forces shot a Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli soldier near a sensitive holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The army would not elaborate on the condition of the Palestinian. The soldier was unharmed.

The army says the stabbing attack took place Monday near a site known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque, the traditional burial spot of the biblical Abraham and his family.

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