Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers in Hebron overnight Friday after an alleged stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier, Israel’s army and locals said.
“Overnight two assailants stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron. In response to the threat, forces fired at the attackers, resulting in their death. A soldier was moderately wounded,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.
Palestinian sources identified the victims to Ma’an as cousins Taher Faysal Fannoun, 19, a student at Hebron University, and Faysal Abd al-Minem Fannoun, 15.
Witnesses in the Tel Rumeida area where the incident took place reported seeing two bodies on the ground after hearing gunshots after midnight.
Israeli authorities said that the two youths were searched as they crossed a checkpoint in Tel Rumeida but later returned and stabbed a soldier in the face before other Israeli soldiers shot them dead.
At least 109 Palestinians have been killed since Oct. 1.
Hebron, the largest city in the occupied West Bank, has borne the brunt of violence over the past month, with at least a third of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces residents of the district.
Nineteen Israelis have been killed in attacks during the same time period.