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Two Israeli soldiers injured in West Bank stabbing attack

Israeli security forces stand guard at the site of a car ramming attack at the Huwara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus, on December 26, 2015
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Perpetrators reportedly steal guns, flee scene

Two Israeli soldiers were injured in a stabbing attack near Nablus in the northern West Bank on Wednesday evening.

According to initial local reports, the two perpetrators of the attack in the settlement of Har Bracha allegedly stole the guns of two soldiers, however the guns were later found at the entrance to the settlement.

Israeli army forces were searching the area in an attempt to find the assailants.

One of the soldiers was stabbed in his shoulder and was lightly to moderately wounded, while the other soldier was lightly wounded.

Earlier on Wednesday, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops after infiltrating a West Bank settlement and wounding a settler, the military said.

"Two assailants infiltrated the community of Eli, south of Nablus. They attacked a man outside of his home," the army said in a statement.

"Forces arrived... (and) shot the attackers, resulting in their death."

Roy Harel, a resident of the settlement, was lightly wounded during the knife attack and was evacuated to hospital.

He told the Ynet news site he had managed to repel the attackers and lock himself in his home where his wife and five children were also located.

The two Palestinians killed were identified by Palestinian police as Labib Azzam and Mohammed Zaghlwan, aged 18 and from the village of Qaryut near the settlement.

A wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since October has killed 180 Palestinians as well as over 30 Israelis, an American, a Sudanese and an Eritrean.

Most of the Palestinians who died in the violence were killed by Israeli forces while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes or demonstrations.

Israel blames incitement by Palestinian leaders and media as a main cause of the violence.

Many of the attackers have been young Palestinians, including teenagers, who appear to have been acting on their own.

Staff with agencies

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