Four Palestinians killed during alleged attacks

Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians while allegedly carrying out stabbing, shooting attacks during separate incidents in Jerusalem, occupied West Bank

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Israeli soldiers patrol the scene where Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian assailant who tried to stab a man at Gush Etzion junction, near a West Bank settlement

Two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces overnight, in West Bank city of Hebron, the Israeli army said early on Friday.

The two Palestinians allegedly wounded an Israeli soldier before they were shot dead, according to a military source. 

"Two assailants stabbed a soldier in Hebron," a military statement said. "In response to the threat, forces fired at the attackers, resulting in their death."

Also earlier on Thursday, two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.  

In the first incident, a Palestinian was shot dead after he opened fire at Israelis security forces at the Hizmeh checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. 

According to the Israeli military statement, the killed Palestinian named Aribe, opened fire at soldiers after he was stopped at the checkpoint.  

“The forces responded, shooting the attacker and resulting in his death." 

The statement also said one Israeli soldier and a bystander were seriously wounded.

In the second incident, a Palestinian was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier near Jerusalem’s old city.

A police statement said the Palestinian "stabbed a policeman, leaving him injured," although no details on the Palestinian fatality were provided.  

The rapid increase in the death toll of Palestinians and Israelis has come amid a recent series of violence in Israel and occupied Palestinian territories, following Israeli incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.  

So far, at least 107 Palestinians have been killed by gunfire from Israeli security forces since October 1, and about 17 Israelis have died in stabbing attacks. The unrest in the occupied territories started on the eve of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah on September 13.  

TRTWorld and agencies