Israeli forces kill two Palestinians as violence surges

World Monday 19/September/2016 18:37 PM
By: Times News Service
Israeli forces kill two Palestinians as violence surges

Occupied Jerusalem: Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Monday, police said, and two Israeli police officers were stabbed in occupied East Jerusalem in a resurgence of violence now into its fourth day.
Palestinian street attacks that began nearly a year ago had largely waned in recent months, but a series of assaults since Friday have raised alarm in Israel of a new wave of bloodshed.
In the latest violence, two Palestinians who tried to stab Israeli paramilitary border policemen in the town of Hebron, a flashpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, were shot by the force, Israeli police said.
One of the Palestinians was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, and the other died of his wounds in a occupied Jerusalem hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the facility. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one was aged 17 and the other, 21.
The deaths raised to six the number of alleged attackers - five Palestinians and a Jordanian - killed since Friday in incidents in which Israeli authorities said at least nine Israelis have been wounded.
Earlier on Monday, a Palestinian stabbed and wounded two police officers, one of them a woman who sustained serious injuries, in occupied East Jerusalem, police said. The second officer, a man, shot and wounded the attacker.
At least 217 Palestinians have died in violent incidents since October 2015 in the occupied West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Of them, 146 were identified by authorities as attackers while others were killed during clashes and protests.
Palestinians, many of them acting alone and with rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 33 Israelis and two visiting Americans in the attacks.
Palestinians have accused Israel of using excessive force and say that some of those killed posed no threat or had no intention of attacking anyone. In some cases, Israel has opened investigations into whether excessive force was used.
Palestinian leaders say attackers have acted out of desperation over the collapse of peace talks in 2014 and Israeli settlement expansion on occupied land that Palestinians seek for an independent state, with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital.
Israel says anti-Israeli incitement by Palestinian officials and on social media networks have stoked attacks.