A 16-year-old Palestinian girl in Jerusalem and two Palestinian men in the occupied West Bank were shot dead in separate incidents on Monday. The Israeli Army claims the Palestinians were killed while attempting to carry out stabbing attacks.
The teenage girl reportedly lightly wounded a man in a busy street in downtown Jerusalem, and one of the Palestinian men was shot in Huwwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, without having wounded anyone.
Regarding what took place in the incident in Nablus, an Israeli Army spokesperson said that as the Palestinian man approached the checkpoint, he "drew a knife and attempted to attack a soldier." Who in return "responded to the immediate danger" and opened fire on the Palestinian, "resulting in his death."
With respect to the killing of the teenage girl in Jerusalem, a 70-year-old Palestinian man who may have been mistook for an Israeli was reportedly injured by the girl with scissors.
A second Palestinian girl, aged 14, took part in the alleged attack and was also shot at but did not die. However, she sustained serious wounds and her current state of health could not be independently verified. Israeli police claim the two teenagers are related.
The third Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at a petrol station in the West Bank after he allegedly stabbed two Israelis, killing one of them. Gunfire from the soldiers also hit a passing car, lightly injuring its Israeli driver.
So far 86 Palestinians have been killed by gunfire from Israeli security forces since October 1, and about 14 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.
The most recent deaths come only hours before US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to visit the Palestinian territories in response to recent unrest, The US State Department said Kerry would begin his November 22-24 Middle East visit in Abu Dhabi, after which he would come to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
A senior US official said Kerry would discuss issues such as street violence, however, he would not repeat negotiations over a two state solution that Palestinians seek based on the territories Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.
Palestinians say the recent violence is the result of frustration from nearly a half-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 Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque.