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Israeli soldiers kill two more Palestinians in West Bank

This photo provided by the Arabic-language Ma’an news agency on December 7, 2015 shows slain Palestinian youth Malik Shahin.

Israeli military forces have shot and killed two more young Palestinian men during separate incidents in the West Bank amid unabated tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israeli military jeeps rolled into the Dheisheh refugee camp, located just south of Bethlehem, on Monday.

Violence broke out when a group of Palestinian youths clashed with the Israeli forces, who fired tear gas canisters and live rounds to disperse the crowd.

A young Palestinian man, identified as Malik Shahin, was critically injured and later succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Several other Palestinians were also wounded in the melee.

Israeli troops reportedly prevented the movement of residents inside the camp and sealed the roads leading out of the site. They also did not allow ambulances and medical staff to enter the Dheisheh camp.

Earlier on Monday, a young Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli man near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron), located 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of al-Quds (Jerusalem). 

This photo provided by the Arabic-language Ma’an news agency shows injured Palestinian man Ihab Fathi Miswadi on the ground in the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on December 7, 2015.

Locals identified the Palestinian as 21-year-old Ihab Fathi Miswadi. They said Israeli forces prevented Palestinian emergency services from reaching the wounded man, and did not provide any medical care themselves before he died of his injuries.

Tensions between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip show no sign of abatement. The wave of unrest was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers, who frequently storm the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. The Palestinians say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Nearly 120 Palestinians and about 20 Israelis have been killed in the recent wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis since the start of October.

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