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2 Israeli soldiers lightly injured in stabbing, attackers flee scene

March 2, 2016 7:43 P.M. (Updated: March 3, 2016 7:38 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli soldiers were stabbed and injured while on patrol near Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank on Wednesday evening, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokesperson said the soldiers were stabbed and injured by "two assailants" who fled the scene. Israeli forces were searching the area.

Israeli media reported that the attackers "took the weapons" of the two soldiers, before fleeing the scene near the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Brakha.

Medical sources were initially unable to describe the condition of the two injured soldiers, although Israeli media reported their injuries as "light."

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers after they allegedly attacked an Israeli settler in the illegal settlement of Eli, also in Nablus.

An Israeli army spokesperson said they "infiltrated" the settlement early Wednesday morning and attacked the Israeli settler as he was leaving his home.

She said Israeli forces arrived on the scene and responded to the "significant threat" by opening fire on the two teenagers, killing both of them.

The settler was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem with light injuries.

The majority of Palestinians attacks since a wave of unrest swept the occupied territory in October last year have been directed at Israeli military forces deployed in the West Bank.

Around 180 Palestinians and nearly 30 Israelis have now been killed since the beginning of October, and the UN warned recently that the violence showed "no signs of relenting."
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