A week of spiraling violence between Israelis and Palestinians saw more clashes and demonstrations Saturday and two more stabbings in Jerusalem, in which the Palestinian assailant were shot dead.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas have sought to avoid an escalation, but frustrated Palestinian youths have defied efforts to restore calm and a wave of stabbings has spread fear in Israel.

A rocket fired by Gaza militants hit southern Israel Saturday hours after clashes along the border saw Israeli kill seven Palestinians.

The rocket, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility, caused no casualties. Israel regularly responds to rocket fire with air strikes, but had not done so by Saturday afternoon.

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