Israeli-palestinian unrest

A pregnant woman and her young daughter have been killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza and a 13-year-old boy was shot dead in clashes in the West Bank  on Sunday as a wave of violence in Israel and Palestine fuelled fears of a wider escalation.

Israeli forces killed the boy, named Ahmad Sharaka, in the neck on Sunday during clashes south of al-Bireh in the Ramallah district, medics said. He was taken to the Palestinian medical complex in Ramallah for surgery. He later died of his wounds.

With Ahmad’s death the total number of Palestinians killed since the beginning of October has increased to 24. He is also the third 13-year-old to be shot dead by Israeli forces in the same period.

Earlier on Sunday, the house where Nur Hassan, 30, and her daughter Rahaf lived in Gaza City was brought down as Israeli jets hit two alleged weapons sites belonging to Hamas in response to the launching of two rockets into Israel.