Tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians are soaring as ongoing unrest has sparked fears of the situation escalating into a full - scale intifada.In the latest deadly attack, Israeli forces shot and killed Palestinian Mustafa al - Khatib in East al - Quds(Jerusalem) for allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing operation. According to Ma ' an news agency, Palestinian witnesses said there was no attempted stabbing at the time of the shooting. The killing of al - Khatib raises the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of October to 25. Just on Sunday, Zionist troops claimed the life of a 13 - year old Palestinian boy during scuffles in Ramallah. Meanwhile in the Gaza Strip, a 30 - year - old pregnant Palestinian woman and her 2 - year - old daughter were killed after Israeli warplanes targeted two locations in the besieged enclave. The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health had estimated on Sunday that Israeli forces shot more than 1,300 Palestinians with live and rubber - coated bullets so far this month. The Red Crescent said 332 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces on Sunday alone.Palestinians ' StanceTouching on recent developments, Gaza - based Hamas movement has dubbed the unrest an intifada calling for its continuation. “We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the Intifada… It is the only path that will lead to liberation, ” Ismail Haniyeh, a senior Hamas official, said.Recommended:Introduction of Palestinian BDS movement against IsraelThe Palestinian human rights group al - Haq warned on Saturday that the occupied Palestinian territories stood " on the brink. " The group pinned the responsibility for the high death toll on " Israel’s wanton and excessive use of force against Palestinians, with no accountability for the deaths they cause. "International reactionUnsurprisingly, Washington has condemned the ongoing spate of Palestinian attacks against Israelis appealed for calm on all sides. U. S. State Department spokesman John Kirby referred to the Palestinian attacks on Israelis as " acts of terror " but failed to brand Israeli aggression against Palestinians. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has appealed against the escalation of violence and has even contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas. "(I) talked now with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas on escalation of violence. Need to stop acts of terror and to avoid disproportionate reactions, " Mogherini said in a tweet. Iran, on the other hand, was keen on condemning the Israeli escalation in violence. Iran ' s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham, deplored the regime in Tel Aviv for intensifying the " inhuman crackdown " against Palestinians. “The recent measures are being taken in addition to the daily threats and pressures on Palestinians, such as power cuts, economic blockade on the sea and land, the Zionist military forces’ attacks on people, raids and destruction of Palestinian homes, ” she added. Cairo, has also issued a critical statement of the Israeli brutality blasting the ' excessive use of force ' as ' inflammatory. " Although little is expected from the Arab League which has failed to heed the Palestinians ' calls time and time again, the body will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday at the request of the Palestinians who said the gathering will focus on Palestinian grievances. Arab League Deputy Secretary - General Ahmed Ben Heli stated the emergency meeting will produce a vital decision " in light of the Israeli offensive against the Palestinian people. " Fierce clashes have been erupting across the West Bank since the beginning of October with Israeli police and settler violence targeting Palestinians after four settlers were killed in two separate attacks. Many have labeled the events as an uprising while others saw the incidents as a prelude to a third Palestinian intifada.By Fatima Hanan Elreda This article originally appeared on Alwaght