1216 GMT January 26, 2020
Ma’an News Agency reported that Teher Faisal Funun, 22, and Abdul-Monem Funun, 15, were gunned down during the early hours of Friday in the Tel Rumeida area of the city of Al-Khalil.
Israeli authorities claimed the two Palestinians were killed after stabbing an Israeli soldier who was slightly injured in the attack.
In the West Bank, Israeli troops opened fire and killed a Palestinian man near the city of Ramallah on the same day after accusing him of being behind a stabbing attack that wounded an Israeli.
On Thursday, two other Palestinian men were gunned down by Israeli forces in separate incidents in the occupied territories.
According to a statement by the Israeli military, one Palestinian was killed at the Hizma military checkpoint north of the occupied East Beit-ul-Moqaddas after getting out of his vehicle and opening fire on Israeli forces.
On Thursday evening, Israeli troops shot and killed another Palestinian who purportedly tried to stab a policeman in East Beit-ul-Moqaddas. The incident took place near the entrance to the Damascus Gate in the city.
Tensions are running high between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip. The wave of unrest was originally triggered by Israel’s imposition in August of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Beit-ul-Moqaddas.
Palestinians are also angry at increasing raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and attacks on their property by Israeli settlers. They believe that the attacks are orchestrated, aimed at changing the demographic status of the third holiest site in Islam.
Since the start of October, over 110 Palestinians were killed in the wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis.