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Israeli forces arrest two Palestinian teenagers over alleged stabbing attacks

This photo released by Palestinian media shows Israeli forces sealing off a checkpoint where a Palestinian teen allegedly carried out an stabbing attack on an Israeli trooper in the occupied city of al-Quds. (via Shehab news)

Israeli forces have arrested two Palestinian teenagers over alleged stabbing attacks in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank.

According to the Palestinian media, quoting Israeli sources, the alleged attacks left one Israeli soldier dead and a settler wounded in the eastern part of the occupied city of al-Quds.

During the first incident on Monday afternoon, an Israeli soldier was allegedly injured by a 13-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat refugee camp. The soldier, who later died at hospital, was also shot mistakenly by an Israeli settler who intended to shoot the Palestinian teen.

During the second incident, a 14-year-old Palestinian teen also from Shuafat refugee camp allegedly injured an Israeli settler in the Old City of al-Quds.

According to Israeli sources, the settler was only mildly wounded and transferred to hospital.

The Palestinian teens were arrested by Israeli forces.

The new incidents come amid heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israeli forces and settlers across the occupied territories.

Earlier on Monday, the regime’s forces killed a young Palestinian man during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus. The fatality came only a few hours after another young Palestinian died from wounds sustained earlier when Israeli military forces raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

According to Palestinian media, the Palestinian youth, identified as Amir Bustami, lost his life after the ambulance crew and medical staff could not revive him.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to ramp up a campaign of crackdown against Palestinians in East al-Quds and elsewhere across the West Bank, following a spate of retaliatory attacks against settlers in the occupied territories.

Netanyahu’s remarks came after far-right Israeli minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered the regime’s police force to prepare for a major offensive in al-Quds.

Ben-Gvir told reporters on Friday that he had instructed the police forces to be prepared for "Defensive Shield 2" operation in the holy city starting from Sunday.

Israeli forces have ramped up attacks against Palestinian towns in recent months in a bid to stifle growing Palestinian resistance in occupied cities.

Dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested. In January 2023 alone, at least 38 Palestinians, including five children, were killed.

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