Israeli forces have shot dead two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in their latest acts of violence against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
The first shooting occurred on Sunday near a junction south of the city of Nablus, with Israeli forces claiming that the victim had rammed a group of Israelis with a car, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
According to Israeli media, three Israelis were injured in the incident, while a fourth was shot and injured in the leg. Israeli public radio has said that two of the wounded are in critical condition.
The Palestinian agency, meanwhile, added that Israeli forces shut two checkpoints south of Nablus following the incident. The checkpoints control one of the main routes that link the northern occupied West Bank to the central and southern districts.
Also on Sunday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian woman after alleging that she carried out a knife attack in the West Bank, Palestinian media reported.
Tensions in the occupied territories have dramatically escalated in recent weeks due to Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
According to Palestinian media, nearly 80 Palestinians have so far been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of October.
In a separate development on Sunday, Israeli soldiers opened fire on and raided a number of homes across the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), nabbing several Palestinians.
Palestinians are angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and their attacks on Palestinian properties, saying that the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.