Israel kills Palestinian ‘attackers’

A knife (L) and a purse are seen as Israeli security forces work at the site of a stabbing attack in HebronImage copyright

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A knife and a purse are seen at the scene of what officials say was an attempted stabbing attack on officers in the West Bank city of Hebron

Israeli troops have shot dead three Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank in the latest wave of violence.

The Israeli army says two were involved in a shooting targeting soldiers near Jenin, while the third reportedly tried to stab police near Jerusalem.

It is the latest in a wave of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs.

More than 160 Palestinians, mostly attackers, Israel says, and 26 Israelis have been killed since October 2015.

In the first incident on Sunday, the Israeli army says that two boys were throwing rocks at passing cars near Jenin in the northern West Bank.

When a patrol arrived at the scene, the army says one of them opened fire with a rifle.

The soldiers fired back and killed the two Palestinians. Both are said to have been 15 years old.

Later at a checkpoint, Israeli police say a Palestinian with a knife ran at officers as they checked cars entering Jerusalem. One officer opened fire and killed him.

The boy is said to have been 17 and from a village near Bethlehem.

Another 17-year-old girl who allegedly attempted to stab officers in the city of Hebron was badly wounded.

Correspondents say the wave of violent incidents shows no sign of abating, and, although the attacks are sporadic, they are persistent.

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