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3 Palestinians dead, 4 Israelis injured during latest wave of violence

On Sunday, three Palestinians were killed and four Israelis were injured as violence continued to spread across the region.

The conflict began in September, with clashes at an East Jerusalem site that is holy to Jews and Muslims. Now, violent confrontations are taking place across Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, and shopkeepers in Israel say gun and pepper spray sales are up, The Associated Press reports. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the "wave of terror" was fueled by "systematic, untrue incitement" by the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement, which Israel's Shin Bet security agency said was behind rumors that Israel is plotting to take over the al-Aqsa mosque. Shin Bet said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is not encouraging attacks on Israelis and has told security services to stop the violence, AP says.

Overnight, the military said it conducted airstrikes against a Hamas-owned facility in southern Gaza that was manufacturing weapons, but the Palestinian Health Ministry said a house was hit, killing a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old daughter; four others were injured, including her husband and son. A 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot and killed Sunday during a demonstration near a military checkpoint, a hospital official said, and police say they were called to the protest because roads were being blocked and people were throwing firebombs. Late Sunday, an Arab citizen of Israel stabbed four Israelis near the northern town of Hadera, seriously injuring a 19-year-old woman before he was apprehended, a police spokesman said.