Israeli security forces have shot dead two Palestinians who allegedly stabbed and wounded a soldier on Sunday, near Nablus at a West Bank checkpoint, the Israeli Army said.
According to military, the incident comes after a Palestinian woman allegedly rammed her car into Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint on Friday who was shot dead by Israeli forces.
The two Palestinians allegedly stabbed the soldier at a gas station, in Huwara, 9 km south of Nablus, slightly wounding the soldier. Security personnel at the scene opened fire and killed them and accidentally hit another Israeli soldier, wounding him.
"Forces on site responded to the imminent danger and fired towards the attackers, resulting in their death," the military said in a statement, adding that one soldier had been wounded and evacuated to the hospital.
Initial inquiry suggests that an additional soldier was injured as a result of the fire directed towards the attackers.
The two Palestinians were relatives, Mohammed Sabaaneh, 17 and the other, Nur Eddine Sabaaneh, 23, from Qabatia near Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
Since September, approximately 129 Palestinians have been killed, Israel says 89 of them were attacking or attempting to attack Israelis. 20 Israelis have also been killed since then.