Palestinian father Yehya Hasan mourns while holding the body of his daughter, Rahaf, during a funeral for the toddler and her pregnant mother on Oct. 11, 2015, at the al-Nusairat refugee camp, in central Gaza Strip. 
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Israeli strike in Gaza kills Palestinian woman, child as violence continues

TEL AVIV — An Israeli airstrike killed a pregnant Palestinian woman and her young daughter in Gaza, officials said Sunday, while a Palestinian woman set off an explosion near a West Bank checkpoint.

The weekend violence was the latest in a wave of attacks which has deeply rattled Israel and the West Bank, sparking fears that of a third intifada — or Palestinian uprising.

Israel’s military said Sunday that in response to a rocket attack, it carried out airstrikes targeting two Hamas weapons-manufacturing facilities in Gaza. Local media and news agencies reported that a nearby home was hit.

Asraf Qudweh, from the Gaza Health Ministry, told NBC News that a woman and her toddler daughter died in the airstrike. The woman was five months pregnant, Qudweh said. He told The Associated Press that four other people — including the woman’s husband and son — were wounded.

Meanwhile, Israeli authorities said later Sunday that a Palestinian woman detonated an explosive after getting pulled over at a West Bank checkpoint.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the “suspicious” vehicle was pulled over near Maaleh Adumin and that the woman shouted “allahu akbar” — or “God is great” in Arabic — as she approached officers after getting out of the car. The police officer was lightly wounded, Rosenfeld said.

Lt. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces, said the bomber also was injured and had been taken to the hospital.

Sunday’s incident appeared to be the first time explosives have been used in the latest wave of violence. The hundreds of people injured in recent weeks have been victims of shootings, stabbings and clashes.

On Saturday, Palestinians carried out two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem before being shot dead by police. Another two Palestinians were killed during a violent demonstration near the Gaza border fence.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend ordered the mobilization of three reserve border police companies to offer reinforcements.

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Israeli strike in Gaza kills Palestinian woman, child as violence continues