Four Palestinians shot dead after alleged attacks

Four Palestinians shot dead in separate incidents in occupied West Bank, after Israeli security forces allege they attempted stabbing and car ramming attacks

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Medical teams clean the crime scene after Israeli police shoots a Palestinian, allegedly attempting knife attack, to death in East Jerusalem on December 23, 2015.

Four Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli police in separate attacks in the occupied West Bank. Israeli police claim they were weilding knives and stabbed three Israelis.

No Israelis were critically harmed in the alleged attacks, but were left with moderate wounds, police said. Palestinian security sources could not identify the dead Palestinians as their bodies are still with the Israeli authorities.

The first attack took place at an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank on Thursday when one suspect, 22-year-old Muhammad Zahran, allegedly stabbed two security guards, Israeli police said. The illegal Ariel settlement is the largest in the north of the occupied West Bank. The incident occurred at an entrance of its industrial zone.

The second took place in the Palestinian town of Al Ram northwest of Jerusalem. A Palestinian reportedly rammed his vehicle into soldiers and was then shot immediately near the illegal Geva Binyamin settlement. One Israeli soldier was lightly wounded.

The third incident was in the Ari military checkpoint near Hebron, where a Palestinian, Eyad Ideis, 25, allegedly used a screwdriver to attempt to stab security forces, who "responded to the immediate threat" and opened fire, an Israeli security official said. No Israelis were harmed in the incident.

Wissam Abu Guweila was also killed in anti-occupation protest at the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on its Facebook page on Thursday.

Since October 1, over 134 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces while about 19 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.

Incidents of violence between Israelis and Palestinians have increased since Israeli police carried out a raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites both in Islam and in the Jewish faith.

Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly half-a-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of using excessive force to suppress the unrest, while Israel says it has been caused by a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

TRTWorld and agencies