Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in separate incidents on Wednesday, including one who allegedly tried to stab soldiers and a teenager who appeared to have pointed a fake gun at police, sources on both sides said.
In the first incident, Aref Abdel Nasser Aref Lahluh, 22, was killed “by Israeli gunfire,” near the occupied Palestinian town of Qalqilya in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The army said Lahlu “attempted to carry out a knife attack” near the Jewish settlement of Kdumim.
“The attacker, armed with a knife, arrived at an IS military post and attempted to stab an IS soldier at the scene,” the statement said.
Lahlukh was “neutralized by troops in the area,” the army added.
Lahlu is the 19th Palestinian killed in the West Bank this year, including civilians and fighters, most of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.
Also on Wednesday, Israeli forces killed a teenager during an operation in the Shufat refugee camp in east Jerusalem, annexed by Israel.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified him as Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, 17.
The forces went to the camp to demolish the home of Udai Tamimi, who shot and killed military policewoman Noa Lazar at a checkpoint in October.
Israeli police said “masked terrorists threw pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails” at officers during the operation.
“Police forces identified a suspect armed with what appeared to be a weapon and was pointing it at the force,” the statement said.
“After the threat, a shot was fired at the suspect, which led to his neutralization. “At the scene, the police found an imitation of a firearm,” it added.
Tamimi was killed by Israeli forces after a 10-day manhunt. He was carrying out another attack in a West Bank neighborhood when he was shot dead.
Israel regularly demolishes the homes of individuals it accuses of attacking Israelis.
Human rights activists say the policy is collective punishment because it can make non-combatants, including children, homeless.
But Israel says the practice is effective in deterring some Palestinians from attacks.
Last year, 150 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank, the highest annual toll since United Nations records began in 2005.
At least 26 Israelis and 200 Palestinians have been killed across Israel and the Palestinian territories, according to an AFP report from official sources.