Israeli forces shot dead two more Palestinians Monday over an alleged stabbing assault at a supermarket near the West Bank village of Beit Horon. Initial reports claimed the two entered the store and stabbed a woman in the chest. The Palestinians then fled the scene and were attempting to stab another woman when they were shot dead by a guard. One of the women reportedly sustained serious injuries. The other suffered light wounds. Israeli sources claimed the Palestinian men had an explosive device with them. Tensions have been running high across the occupied Palestinian territories in recent months over Tel Aviv’s imposition of restrictions on Palestinian worshipers’ entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in August last year. The tensions have also been escalated by the repeated desecration of the compound by extremist Israeli settlers, who are usually accompanied by Israeli military forces. Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, have been killed by Israeli forces since October 2015. 26 Israelis have also been killed during this period. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has voiced concern over the excessive use of force and “extrajudicial killing” of Palestinians by Israeli forces. The body says that circumstances surrounding several of the Palestinian deaths over the past weeks remain disputed.