Two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

AFP , Wednesday 2 Mar 2016

File photo of Israeli occupation soldier (AP)

Two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation troops Wednesday after allegedly infiltrating an illegal West Bank settlement.

"Two assailants infiltrated the community of Eli, south of Nablus. They attacked a man outside his home," the Israeli occupation army said in a statement.

"Forces arrived... (and) shot the attackers resulting in their death."

It was the latest incident in an almost four-month long surge of Israeli-on-Palestinian deadly repression met with violent responses by Palestinians against settlers and Israeli soldiers.

The recent surge in violence has raised concern of wider escalation, a decade after the last Palestinian uprising subsided.

Since the start of October, Israeli occupation forces have killed at least 170 Palestinians. Meanwhile, almost daily stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks by frustrated and unarmed Palestinians have killed 26 Israelis as well as an American, a Sudanese and an Eritrean, according to an AFP count.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, describe Palestinians' daily suffering.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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