Israeli army kills 2 Palestinian men in new West Bank raid

AP , Monday 2 Jan 2023

The israeli army killed two Palestinian men during an alleged 'confrontation' that erupted early Monday when troops raided a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said.

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Israeli soldiers are pictured in the Palestinian village of Kafr Dan in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, on January 2, 2023, during an operation to demolish the homes of two Palestinians accused of killing an Israeli soldier. AFP


The two men were killed in the village of Kafr Dan near the northern city of Jenin.

The Israeli army said it entered Kafr Dan late Sunday to demolish the houses of two Palestinians who allegedly killed an Israeli soldier during a firefight in September.

The military claims troops allegedly came under heavy fire and fired back at the shooters.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified those killed as Samer Houshiyeh, 21, and Fouad Abed, 25.

Houshiyeh was shot several times in the chest, according to Samer Attiyeh, the director of the Ibn Sina Hosipital in Jenin.

Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades later claimed Houshiyeh as a member. Video on social media showed his body wrapped with the resistance group's flag as his mother and other mourners bid farewell.

It was not immediately clear whether the second Palestinian killed was also affiliated with a particular group.

The year 2022 was the deadliest in the West Bank and east Jerusalem since 2006.

The Israeli military has been conducting near-daily raids into Palestinian cities and towns.

More than 150 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army and police last year while 28 Israelis were killed by Palestinian attacks in the spring and fall of last year.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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