RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Three Palestinians were shot dead in the West Bank on Tuesday, including one who allegedly tried to stab a soldier and another who was hurling rocks at Israeli troops, officials said.
The Israeli military said a 23-year-old Palestinian was shot dead near the West Bank city of Hebron after trying to stab a soldier. Palestinian officials said the soldiers also shot dead a teenage Palestinian bystander.
In a separate incident, Palestinian officials said a 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after hurling stones at Israeli forces. The military said it was looking into the report. The Palestinian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief journalists.
The last three and a half months have seen near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers that have killed 24 people. At least 141 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since mid-September. About two-thirds of them are said by Israel to be attackers. The others were killed in clashes with troops.
Israel says the bloodshed is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of incitement. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at decades of occupation.
The military said the alleged stabber had a knife in his hand when he approached a soldier securing a junction in the West Bank and tried to attack him. Palestinian security officials identified the suspected assailant as Mohammed Kawasbeh. Adnan Halaiqa, 17, was also killed by Israeli fire, they said.
Palestinians have frequently clashed with Israeli troops in recent months, with protesters throwing rocks and firebombs and troops responding with tear gas and, in some cases, live fire. Srour Abu Srour, 21, was shot dead Tuesday near Beit Jala, just outside Bethlehem.