Warning: this article includes very graphic video.
Video has emerged showing two badly injured Palestinians lying on motionless on the ground, receiving no medical attention, as Israelis in military uniform tend to a soldier who was stabbed and wounded:
A man is heard in the video cursing the two Palestinians in Hebrew and a kitchen knife is seen near the hand of one of the felled youths.
The incident took place near the Ariel settlement in the northern occupied West Bank on Thursday.
The two Palestinians, Ali Jamal Muhammad Taqatqa, 19, and Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Kar Thawabta, 20, died of their wounds.
Palestinian emergency paramedics were prevented by Israeli forces from approaching the youths and forced to turn back, the Ma’an News Agency reported.
The Israeli soldier was evacuated to a nearby hospital in “moderate to severe condition,” Ma’an added, citing an Israeli emergency medical service spokesperson.
Israeli forces closed the entrances to Beit Fajjar after the incident and reportedly summoned the slain youths’ parents for questioning.
The Quds news network circulated a photo of Taqatqa, on the left, and Thawabta:
Both Taqatqa and Thawabta were from the village of Beit Fajjar near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Another youth from Beit Fajjar, 21-year-old Khaled Yousif Taqatqa, was shot by soldiers in the village during confrontations between protesters and the army last month.
Palestinian medics said that they were prevented from treating the young man at the scene; he later died of his injuries at a Jerusalem hospital.
In November, village resident Issam Thawabta, 34, was shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing a woman near the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements south of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.
Surge in violence
Nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and approximately 30 Israelis slain since a surge in violent confrontation began in October. Dozens of Palestinians have been shot and killed during or near demonstrations, but most were shot dead during alleged attacks at Israeli military installations and settlement colonies.
Approximately 30 Israelis have been slain during that time.