Conflicts & War

Two Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in West Bank

Jerusalem, Jan 2 (EFE).- Two Palestinians were killed and three others injured during clashes with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin early Monday, health officials reported.

Fouad Abed, 25, and Samer Houshieh, 22, died of fatal gunshot wounds in the northern city of Jenin, the Palestinian health ministry said.

According to Israeli military sources, forces entered the village of Kafr Dan at dawn to demolish the houses of two deceased Palestinians suspected of killing an Israeli soldier during an attack near the separation barrier on September 14.

Israeli demolition of houses of Palestinian attackers is a common practice that is widely condemned by international organizations.

Eyewitnesses told Palestinian media that Israeli soldiers allegedly stormed the village and surrounded several houses, while other troops stood on rooftops of buildings before clashes with Palestinian gunmen broke out.

There have been intense Israeli raids and armed clashes with Palestinians, especially since March last year when Israel launched a military operation it calls “Breaking the Wave” in response to a wave of attacks by Palestinians on Israeli soil.

Since then, violence has been on the rise, leaving more than 170 Palestinians dead, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

The fatalities have mostly been militants, but also include children and civilians such as Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh.EFE


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