Israeli police shoot dead three Palestinians

Three Palestinian men shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing, attempting to ram car into Israeli forces

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israelis remove the body of the Palestinian shot dead after allegedly attacking Israeli police outside Jerusalem's Damascus Gate on February 19, 2016.

Israeli forces shot dead three Palestinians over stabbing and car ramming allegations in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank on Friday, police and the military said.  

In the first incident Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man after he allegedly stabbed two police officers outside Jerusalem's walled Old City on Friday. 

The man was identified as a 20-year-old Palestinian from Kafr Aqeb.

Just a few hours later, Israeli soldiers shot dead another Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to ram his car into a group of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank.

Right after, Palestinian Health Ministry announced killing of another Palestinian by Israeli soldiers during a clash in West Bank.  

The tension between Palestinians and Israelis has raised concern of a wider escalation a decade after the last Palestinian uprising subsided.

On Thursday, two Palestinian 14-year-olds were shot and wounded by an armed Israeli civilian in a supermarket in the West Bank for allegedly stabbing an off-duty soldier in the supermarket.

They were taken for treatment to Israeli hospitals in Jerusalem.

Since October, protests against the ongoing Israeli occupation have increased in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

Most of the Palestinians killed have been teenagers as young as 12 - some of whom were killed by armed Israeli civilians, and others by Israeli security forces which usually allege the Palestinians were attempting attacks.

Alleged stabbings, shootings and car rammings attacks by Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and a US citizen.

Israeli security forces have killed at least 164 Palestinians, 108 of whom Israel says were assailants, while most others were shot dead during anti-Israel protests.

Many of the Palestinian attackers have been teenagers.

Tensions have been stoked by factors including a dispute over Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound and the failure of several rounds of peace talks to secure the Palestinians an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory.

Palestinian leaders have said that with no breakthrough on the horizon, desperate youngsters see no future ahead. Israel says young Palestinians are being incited to violence by their leaders and by Islamist groups calling for Israel's destruction.

Security officials have also pointed to economic hardship and social media as playing a role in triggering attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies