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Nov 11, 2014 3:03 PM

Wave of violence fuels Israeli-Palestinian tension

The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) It has been a difficult year for Israelis and Palestinians, with the failure of peace talks and a string of violent incidents that shows no signs of ending. Here is a look at some key recent events:

April 24: Nine months of U.S.-mediated peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapse.

May 15: Two Palestinian teens are killed in a West Bank clash with Israeli troops on the day that Palestinians mark their uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. Video footage indicates the teens were not participating in violence at the time of shooting.

June 2: A Palestinian unity government is sworn in, a major step in reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions. Israel denounces the government because it includes Hamas.

June 12: Three Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship are abducted and killed by Hamas operatives in the West Bank.

June 13: Israel launches a broad military operation to locate the teens, arresting hundreds of Hamas members in a crackdown over several weeks. Hamas militants in Gaza respond with rocket attacks.

July 2: Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem, is abducted near his home and burned to death by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack for the deaths of the kidnapped Israeli teens. Abu Khdeir's death triggers violent protests.

July 8: Israel launches military campaign against Hamas in Gaza in response to heavy rocket fire on Israeli cities. The fighting lasts 50 days, claiming the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the United Nations. Seventy-two people are killed on the Israeli side.

Oct. 1: Israel gives final approval for construction of a new housing development in east Jerusalem, the section of the city claimed by the Palestinians as their future capital.

Oct. 2: Israeli nationalists move into apartments secretly purchased in the heart of the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem.

Oct. 20: Israeli nationalists move into more apartments in Silwan.

Oct. 22: A Palestinian motorist rams his car into a crowded Jerusalem train station, killing a 3-month-old Israeli-American baby girl and a young woman from Ecuador. The attack comes after weeks of clashes around a sensitive holy site revered by Jews and Muslims.

Oct. 29: A Palestinian gunman on a motorcycle shoots and seriously wounds Yehuda Glick, an Israeli-American rabbi who has campaigned for more Jewish access to the contested Jerusalem holy site.

Nov. 5: A Hamas militant slams a minivan into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing two people. Earlier in day, clashes had erupted at the Jerusalem holy site.

Nov. 8: Israeli police shoot and kill an Arab Israeli protester at a demonstration in northern Israel. Video indicates the man was walking away from the officer at the time of the shooting.

Nov. 10: Palestinian attackers kill two Israelis in stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and the West Bank.


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