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WEST BANK (Web Desk) – Two Palestinians were shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Thursday as deadly violence over the past two months continues.


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“Yahya Taha, 21, from the village of Qattaneh … died after he was shot and wounded in the head during clashes,” Aljazeera reported citing a Palestinian health ministry statement.

Another Palestinian allegedly tried to stab Israeli border police in the northern West Bank on Thursday but was shot dead before harming anyone, Israeli police said.

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“An attacker got out of a taxi with a knife” at Tapuach junction near Nablus, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. “Forces responded by firing shots at him, resulting in his death.”

The deaths come a day after a Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces after stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli soldier in the West Bank.

Unrelenting violence erupted in October over tensions surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site and quickly spread across Israel and into the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

As many as 98 Palestinians and 21 Israelis have been killed.

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More than 800 Palestinians have been arrested over the past two months, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon told public radio on Thursday.

Attempts to ease the tensions – including a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday – have so far proved unsuccessful.

Palestinian political and activist groups, including Hamas, have called for a “day of anger” for Friday.