Two 15-year-old Palestinian children were shot dead for allegedly attacking Israeli soldiers in the Israeli occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israel’s military said.
Shortly after, a 17-year-old teen from a village near Bethlehem was shot dead while allegedly trying to stab an Israeli soldier.
An army statement alleged the pair attacked an Israeli patrol west of the city of Jenin with rocks.
Israeli Army spokesman said the soldiers responded by firing towards the Palestinian children, resulting in their deaths. No other injuries were reported at the scene.
The Health Ministry of Palestine named the 15-year-old children as Nihad Waked and Fuad Waked, the 17-year-old was identified as Naim Safi, also from a village near Bethlehem.
Over the past few months, the focus of Palestinian-Israeli violence has largely shifted from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli-occupied West Bank where over 172 Palestinians have been killed and some 26 Israelis died.
A vast majority of the 172 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces alleging self defence.
The United States, European Union and United Nations have expressed that restraint is necessary to ensure that violence does not escalate further.
Palestinian groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in attacks, which have raised fears of wider confrontation, only a few months after Israeli fighter jets bombed civilians in the northern Gaza Strip.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, last month, raged at the suggestion of an investigation into whether Israel carries out extrajudicial killings of Palestinians.