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Palestinian stabs two Israeli soldiers in West Bank: Army

After allegedly stabbing two Israeli soldiers, Palestinian man is shot and arrested near a refugee camp between Bethlehem and Hebron
The entrance to al-Arroub Refugee Camp after a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli soldiers on Monday (AFP)

A Palestinian stabbed two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Monday before being shot and arrested, months after his brother was killed while carrying out an attack, the Israeli army said.

"An assailant armed with a knife stabbed two IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers during routine activity near al-Arroub," an army statement said, referring to an area south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

"Forces shot and detained the assailant," it added.

An army spokeswoman said the two soldiers' wounds were not life threatening.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the man shot as Mustafa Baradeah from al-Arroub refugee camp.

His brother, Ibrahim, was killed in April after carrying out an attack with an axe that left a soldier lightly wounded, the Israeli army and a Palestinian security source said.

Al-Arroub is located about halfway between Bethlehem and the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron, where many of the attackers in a recent wave of violence have come from.

Violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since October last year has killed at least 215 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests and clashes, while some were killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

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