Israeli forces have shot dead three Palestinian teenagers in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank.

In the first incident, the Israeli army shot and killed two 15-year-old boys in Araqa, west of Jenin, after the Israeli soldiers allegedly came under attack.

The Israeli army said in a statement on Sunday that one of the boys was armed with a rifle and shot at the soldiers.

"The perpetrators hurled rocks at passing vehicles west of Jenin. When forces arrived at the scene, an assailant opened fire at the soldiers. The force responded to the shooting and fired towards the attackers, resulting in their deaths," the statement said.

The teenage victims were identified as Nihad Raed Waked and Fuad Marwan Waked, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.  

Later on Sunday, a 17-year-old Palestinian was also shot dead after an alleged stabbing attack by the Mazmuriya checkpoint north of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the teenager as Naeem Ahmad Safi from Ebideyeh, northeast of Bethlehem. 

Sunday's incidents came a day after Israeli troops shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who allegedly attempted to stab soldiers in Hebron.

The ministry said 176 Palestinians have been killed since violence erupted in the occupied territories in early October, with near-daily reports of alleged attacks that result in killings by Israeli security forces.  

At least 27 Israelis have been killed in attacks carried out by Palestinians since then.

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Source: Al Jazeera