2 Palestinians killed in Israeli army raid in West Bank

AP , Ahram Online , Monday 3 Apr 2023

Two Palestinian men were killed by Israeli troops in an army raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, the latest in a year-long spike of violence that shows no sign of abating.

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The two Palestinians were severely wounded and taken to the Rafidia hospital, where they were pronounced dead later. Photo courtesy of Palestinian news agency WAFA

 

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Palestinian Red Crescent Emergency and Ambulance Department in Nablus, said that two Palestinians were severely wounded during the raid and were rushed to the Rafidia hospital. The two individuals later succumbed to their injuries and werewhere were pronounced dead, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Jibril reported that the Israeli soldiers used toxic gas bombs during their raid, causing around 55 Palestinians to suffocate from tear gas inhalation. Furthermore, five Palestinian houses were evicted and a Red Crescent ambulance was targeted with a gas grenade during the attack on the city 

The Israeli military on its part said troops arrested two people during the raid who they claim were suspected of assisting a gunman who shot two soldiers in the occupied West Bank town of Hawara last month. 

Violence has surged in recent months in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem amid near-daily Israeli arrest raids in Palestinian-controlled areas.

The U.S. has tried to broker talks between Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinians to try to defuse tensions during the holy month of Ramadan, now in its second week.

In addition to Monday's killing of two Palestinians, the Palestinian toll of those killed by Israeli or settler gunfire this year stands at 92. Palestinian attacks against Israelis have killed 15 people in the same period.

Israel occupied the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek those territories for their future independent state.

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