Two Palestinians shot dead near Hebron after alleged stabbing attempt

Published January 12th, 2016 - 03:30 GMT

Israeli forces shot dead at least two Palestinians at the Beit Einun junction northeast of Hebron on Tuesday afternoon, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma'an.

Reports suggested a second Palestinian may also have been shot dead at the site, although this was not initially confirmed.

An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to stab soldiers at the junction.

Locals told Ma'an that soldiers then surrounded the dead Palestinian, "preventing ambulances from approaching the area."

A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that their ambulances have been prevented from reaching the scene.

A local identified the Palestinian as a teenager from Shalalda family in Sair, but the family later denied it was actually him.

Meanwhile there were reports that a second Palestinian was killed at the same site. Medical sources told Ma'an that a critically wounded Palestinian had been evacuated to a Hebron hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Dr. Sharif al-Tarada from the emergency room of al-Mizan Hospital said that 17-year-old Adnan Hamid al-Mashni from Shayoukh arrived with a fatal gunshot wound in his chest. "We tried to save his life, but the wound was very critical. We pronounced him dead."

An Israeli army spokesperson said she had no information on a second Palestinian being shot.

A number of Palestinians have now been killed at the Beit Einun junction which lies between Hebron and the village of Sair.

A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead at the site on Thursday last week after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.

Since October, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis, the majority in the occupied West Bank.

While Israel alleges many of those were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.

The attacks that have taken place have claimed the lives of more than 20 Israelis.


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