Israeli forces have killed two Palestinians during two alleged stabbing attacks, bringing the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire over the past three months to 157.

On Thursday, an Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian in Beit Einun, northeast of Hebron, because of an attempted stabbing attack, according to the military. The officer was reportedly lightly wounded.

Reports named the Palestinian as 21-year-old Mo’yad Jabareen, and said his funeral is expected to take place on Friday in his hometown of Sair.

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Later on Thursday, Israeli forces near Asira ash-Shamaliya, north of the West Bank city of Nablus, killed another Palestinian – yet to be identified – who was also accused of an attempted stabbing attack.

According to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) sources, medics were allowed only to assess the condition of the Palestinian near Asira ash-Shamaliya, but not provide aid to the injured man.

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The PRCS sources said the man had shown weak vital signs after being critically wounded by several gunshots in the back and legs.

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The escalation in violence in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem began last October.

An outbreak of mass demonstrations took place across Israel and the occupied territories by Palestinians in protest at Israeli raids into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the continued settlement expansion.

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Since October 1, at least 157 Palestinians and 23 Israelis have been killed in the violence.

Overall in 2015, Israeli soldiers or settlers shot and killed 179 Palestinians, including unarmed protesters, bystanders and alleged attackers.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies