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Two Palestinians 'shot dead after trying to stab checkpoint soldiers'


Israeli soldiers stand guard at a West Bank checkpoint (AP)

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a West Bank checkpoint (AP)

Israeli soldiers stand guard at a West Bank checkpoint (AP)

Two Palestinians have been shot dead after trying to stab soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint, according to the Israeli military.

The incident is the latest in more than three months of near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers that have killed 21 people, mostly in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming assaults.

At least 137 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. About two-thirds of them are said by Israel to be attackers, while the others were killed in clashes with troops.

Israel says the bloodshed is fuelled by a Palestinian campaign of incitement. Palestinians say it stems from frustration at decades of occupation.

The death toll does not include three Israelis killed last week by an Arab gunman in Tel Aviv. The attacker was killed on Friday in a shootout with police special forces following a massive manhunt. His motives remain unclear.

On Saturday, the Israeli military demolished the West Bank home of one of the earliest lethal attackers. Mohannad Halabi, a 19-year-old law student from the West Bank, stabbed to death two Israelis in Jerusalem's Old City in early October before he was shot dead by police.

Israel recently revived house demolition as a punitive measure in an attempt to deter future attackers by establishing that their families could be harmed even after their own deaths.

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