Tel Aviv (dpa) – The Israeli army killed two Palestinians who they
said hurled explosive devices at troops near Joseph’s Tomb in the
West Bank city of Nablus overnight Wednesday.
The troops were securing the entrance of Jewish worshippers to the
holy site, believed to be the final resting place of the biblical
Jews are infrequently allowed entry into the tomb in the Palestinian
Authority-controlled city under army escort and in coordination with
the Palestinian security.
The army said the explosives were thrown from a vehicle and they
responded with live fire.
“Simultaneously, a military engineering vehicle damaged the suspects’
vehicle,” the army said in a statement. “As a result, the two
assailants were killed, no IDF [Israel Defence Forces] injuries were
The incident came hours after Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian
man suspected of being behind a deadly attack in the West Bank that
killed two people.
The man was killed when Israeli forces attempted to apprehend him,
according to the country’s security agency, the Shin Bet.
The man had hidden in a house in a village near Ramallah and was shot
dead after he opened fire, the agency said in a statement.
Israeli Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu praised the operation on
Twitter: “Israel’s long arm reaches all who harm our citizens and
On Sunday, a 19-year-old soldier was killed and another was seriously
wounded in a stabbing and shooting attack in the Israeli settlement
of Ariel. A 47-year-old rabbi, a father of 12 children, died of his
injuries on Monday.