Trigger-happy Israeli troops gun down two Palestinian protesters


New knife attacks on Israelis in the West Bank left a soldier lightly wounded Thursday, while two Palestinian assailants were shot dead by security forces, police and the army said.
While a spate of protests and attacks in Jerusalem has eased, tensions have flared in Hebron, where near-daily clashes pit youths against Israeli soldiers enforcing the decades-long occupation of the West Bank.
The volatile city has also been the scene of several knife attacks against Israeli soldiers. In one attack on Thursday a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli border guard near a shrine in Hebron known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque.
“A Palestinian stabbed a soldier. Security forces responded and shot the attacker. The soldier sustained light injuries,” the army said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified him as 23-year-old Mahdi Al Mohtaseb.
In the second incident a Palestinian, Farouq Sider, 19, allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier in Hebron, where several knife attacks have taken place in recent days.
“The Palestinian assailant attempted to stab an IDF soldier at a security post,” read an army statement.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attacker had been shot dead.
Both attacks were followed by clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces, according to an AFP journalist on the scene.
The death of the attackers takes the number of Palestinians killed in the recent unrest to 62. Many of those killed have been shot in anti-Israeli protests.


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