Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in separate incidents

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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 be pointing a fake gun at police, sources on both sides said.

In the first incident, Arref Abdel Nasser Arref Lahlouh, 22, was killed “by Israeli gunfire” near the occupied Palestinian city of Qalqilya in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The army said Lahlou “tried to carry out a stabbing attack” near the Jewish settlement of Kdumim.

“The attacker, armed with a knife, arrived at an IDF military post and attempted to stab an IDF soldier on the spot,” it said.

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Lahlouh was “neutralized by the soldiers in the area,” the army added.

Lahlou is the 19th Palestinian killed in the West Bank this year, including civilians and combatants, the majority of whom were shot dead by Israeli forces.

Separately on Wednesday, Israeli forces killed a teenager during an operation in the Shuafat refugee camp in Israel-annexed East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified him as Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, 17.

Troops had gone to the camp to demolish the home of Udai Tamimi, who shot dead military policewoman Noa Lazar at a checkpoint in October.

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Israeli police said masked terrorists threw pipe bombs and Molotov cocktails at officers during the operation.

“Police identified a suspect armed with an object that appeared to be a weapon and aimed it at police,” the statement said.

“Following the threat, the suspect was fired upon, leading to his neutralization. Police found an imitation firearm at the scene,” it added.

Tamimi was killed by Israeli forces after a 10-day manhunt. He was carrying out another attack on a settlement in the West Bank when he was shot dead.

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Israel regularly destroys the homes of individuals it blames for attacks on Israelis.

Human rights activists say the policy amounts to collective punishment because it can leave non-combatants, including children, homeless.

But Israel says the practice is effective in deterring some Palestinians from carrying out attacks.

Last year, 150 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank, the highest annual death toll since United Nations records began in 2005.

At least 26 Israelis and 200 Palestinians were killed across Israel and the Palestinian territories, according to an TUSEN tally from official sources.

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