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2 Palestinians killed near Bethlehem after stab attack on soldier

Oct. 27, 2015 6:57 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 2, 2016 3:53 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinians were shot and killed in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem on Tuesday after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier, Israel's army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said a soldier was stabbed after Israeli forces approached two suspects at a bus stop by the Gush Etzion junction.

Israeli forces shot dead both suspects, and the 19-year-old Israeli soldier was evacuated for medical treatment to a hospital in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian suspects were identified as Izz al-Din Nadi Abu Shkheidem, 17, and Shadi Nabil Abd al-Qudsi, 22, both from Hebron.

The latest deaths bring the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to at least 60 since the beginning of the month.

While around 30 of those killed were shot after allegedly carrying out attacks on Israelis, a number of alleged attacks have been disputed by Palestinian witnesses and investigations by rights groups, who say the suspects posed no threat at the time of their death.

ian / australia (1)
Palestinians should appreciate the sacrifice of young shuhada who are prepared to plunge a knife into the neck of an Israeli soldier. They are essentially suicide attacks because their death is almost certain. (The fate of the target less so.) I'm not inciting. I'm pointing out it's a decision
28/10/2015 07:44
ian / australia (2)
(contd.) they've made because Israeli intransigence has left them no alternative. Israel (and Israelis) steadfastly refuse to mollify the rapacious, illegal assault on Palestinian people, territory and religion and this is the result: a living hell, made in Israel and young Palestinians are paying
28/10/2015 07:44
ian / australia (3)
(contd.) with their lives to draw attention to it. At a terrible cost, they are saying we refuse to passively submit because submission means oblivion. Their choice and their sacrifice should be respected. May their souls rest in perfect peace.
28/10/2015 07:45
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