Israeli forces detain two Palestinian men at West Bank settlement

Two Palestinian men were detained in the occupied West Bank overnight, according to Israeli media.

Two Palestinians were detained after a settler hurled rocks at them at an open-air settlement in the northern West Bank, according the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The settlers were injured in the incident.

Two other Palestinian men, who were carrying knives and were in the same village, were detained and taken to the nearby Beit Hanoun prison, the agency said.

Two Palestinian children, ages 14 and 16, were arrested and taken away in a police car.

The two detained Palestinians have been charged with “offense of violence,” and have been held in detention since Thursday, according AFP news agency.

Three Israelis, including one civilian, were killed on Wednesday in clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank.

The clashes took place near the Israeli-occupied West Bank town of Qalqilya, a few hundred meters (yards) from the Palestinian town of Beit Jala, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Palestinians in the area have been protesting for months against Israel’s ongoing construction of illegal outposts in the East Jerusalem region and near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Temple Mount compound and the Old City of Jerusalem.

More than 2,000 Palestinians have died in the violence since the beginning of the year, according an Associated Press count. AFP