An Israeli military spokesperson on Sunday said at least 15 Palestinians were killed after Palestinian militants attacked an Israeli military outpost near the Gaza Strip, a day after a Palestinian militant attacked an army checkpoint near Bethlehem.
“Three of the wounded were identified as civilians,” Lt.
Col. Peter Lerner said.
Lerner said the dead included a Palestinian from the Hebron area.
The Palestinian militant who attacked the army checkpoint at the Tafil al-Habib checkpoint, in northern Israel’s Eshkol region, was shot dead by Israeli forces, Lerner said, adding that Israeli troops opened fire and destroyed the car carrying the militant.
Israel said on Sunday that it killed two Palestinian militants on Saturday in clashes that erupted near a checkpoint in the Hebrons northern neighborhood of al-Tubas.
The statement did not mention the attack at the checkpoint in Bethlehem, which Israeli security officials said killed a Palestinian man and wounded another man.
Israelis killed by Palestinian militantsThe Palestinian Red Crescent said it had treated at least 18 people at the scene, of whom two were killed and 12 were in serious condition.
It did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
The Palestinian Authority and the United Nations have said more than 80 Palestinians, including 12 children, have been killed by Palestinians in recent weeks, and that the death toll could rise.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he hoped the Palestinian death toll would be lower than the one in Gaza, which was at least 85.
But the Palestinian health ministry said at a briefing that at least 14 Palestinians were still being treated for wounds.
Israel has been using an air-raid siren, along with artillery and tanks, to bomb targets in the Gaza strip since it launched its offensive to wrest the territory from Hamas, which it accuses of carrying out the attacks.
The PA said Israel had violated its obligation to respect international humanitarian law, saying in a statement that the air-strike violated a UN Security Council resolution passed in November.