Israeli troops kill three Palestinian teenagers in West Bank

Israeli troops kill three Palestinian teenagers in West Bank
Israel has killed three Palestinian teenagers during a raid in the occupied West Bank amid a surge in violence since 7 October.
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The killings by Israeli forces took place near Hebron, which has been a frequent site of Israeli violence [Getty]

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers and a woman in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Sunday's incidents come after numerous deaths during an Israeli attack further north in the Palestinian territory, adding to a two-year surge in violence in the West Bank that has accelerated since Israel's war on Gaza began on 7 October.

The Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah said the deaths of the two Palestinian teenagers were "caused by occupation (Israeli army) bullets".

It identified them as Muhammad Majid Musa Jabareen, 19, and Musa Mahmud Musa Jabareen, 18.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the incident occurred at the entrance to Beit Einun village near the city of Hebron.

Quoting two Palestinian security sources, Wafa reported that the teens succumbed to their wounds after being fired on.

Following the incident troops stormed Beit Einun and raided several homes, the agency reported.

Israel's military said two assailants had tried to stab and shoot troops near the village.

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"One of the terrorists attempted to stab (Israeli army) soldiers that were in the area, who responded with live fire and neutralised him," the military said in a statement.

"At the same time, the other terrorist opened fire at the soldiers," the army said, adding that he too was "neutralised".

In a separate incident on Sunday, the Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian woman Labiba Faza Sidqi Ghannam, 43, at the Hamra checkpoint.

Israel's military said "the terrorist ... attempted to stab IDF soldiers who were at the post".

"The soldiers responded with fire and she was neutralised."

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Israel has carried out near daily raids in the West Bank in what it says is a bid to thwart militant groups.

However, the raids often come when Palestinians react to settler violence, with settlers protected by the Israeli army

At least 14 people were killed this week in a raid on Nur Shams camp in the northern West Bank, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

The Israeli army said troops had killed 10 militants during the operation, which it said started on Thursday.

At least 484 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers in the territory since 7 October, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

The West Bank, occupied by Israel since 1967, is home to about 490,000 Israeli settlers who live in communities that are illegal under international law.