Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian civilians after alleging they stabbed a soldier on Sunday near a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli military said.
Allegedly stabbed Israeli soldier sustained only moderate wounds, while the two Palestinians died shortly after the shooting at a gas station near the Hawara crossing, south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
A ricochet bullet also lightly wounded another Israeli soldier in the shooting.
Earlier on Sunday, another alleged attack happened in Jerusalem, where an Israeli soldier was stabbed and lightly wounded by a 30 year old Palestinian man. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the stabbing took place near the city's central bus station.
Another Palestinian man died in Gaza, from wounds he sustained from Israeli fire last week. The dead man was a farm owner near a flashpoint for clashes in the Mediterranean enclave, he was also not involved in the violence.
Gaza's Health Ministry and police identified the victim as 48 year old Yousif Abu Sbaikhah and said the reason of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.
Since October 1, over 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces while about 19 Israelis have been killed in alleged 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 in Judaism and third holiest site in Islam.
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 the unrest has been caused by a Palestinian campaign of lies and provocation surrounding the Muslim holy site of Al Aqsa Mosque.
An Israeli minister said recently that all Palestinians must leave the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and simply “go live elsewhere.”
Haim Katz said, “As a whole, Israel is a state. There is no Palestine. So, Palestinians must go to other places and countries such as Gaza, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt or Iraq. Because, Palestinians have manipulated our weaknesses and they have known how to play the game.”
The Israeli minister said he is against the establishment of a Palestine state in the future.