Two Palestinians ages 17 and 18 were killed Wednesday by IDF fire and another was wounded near the Einav settlement in the West Bank.
The IDF said the two hurled Molotov cocktails at an IDF post prompting soldiers from the haredi Netzah Yehuda Battalion to fire back. The circumstances behind the incident are being investigated.
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Meanwhile, a Color Red alert sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council at around 2 am on Thursday after a mortar shell was fired from the Gaza Strip. No injuries or damage were reported.
The two men are Amar Nasar, 17, and Najo Bilbisi, 18, from the village of Anbata. Bilbisi's body was found Thursday morning. Palestinian sources reported that a wounded man was admitted to a hospital in Tulkarem with injuries to his hand.
Funerals of Amar Nasar, Najo Bilbisi (Video: Reuters)
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit stated that several Palestinians approached an IDF post near the Einav settlement in the West Bank and lobbed Molotov cocktails at it. The soldiers returned fire and killed two of the assailants.
According to the rules of engagement, a shoot-to-kill order can only be issued if the attackers were identified beyond a doubt.
The IDF will examine how the Palestinians managed to come so close to the post and whether the soldiers could have controlled the incident without opening fire.
On Tuesday Palestinian prisoner Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh died at the Soroka Medical Center. Following his death, Palestinian prisoners began to riot in a number of Israeli prisons, including Ramon, Ketziot, Eshel and Nafha. Abu Hamdiyeh was an inmate at Eshel Prison, which is located in Beersheba.
An IDF officer was lightly wounded during the riots.
The quiet in the south was also broken this week. Palestinian terrorists in Gaza fired two Qassam rockets toward the western Negev Wednesday morning, as Israeli children in Sderot and Sha'ar Hanegev were making their way to schools and kindergartens after the Passover holiday. No injuries or damage were reported.
On Tuesday, three mortars were fired from Gaza toward Israel. One shell landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, without causing injury or damage. The Israeli Air Force responded later that night by striking two terror targets in the Hamas ruled territory. There were no reports of injury or damage.
A fifth Iron Dome battery was deployed in Eilat in the backdrop of renewed rocket fire. Two other batteries were placed in northern Israel recently.
Itamar Fleishman, Elior Levy, Yoav Zitun and Ilana Curiel contributed to the report
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