Two Palestinians killed in Israeli military raid in West Bank

Israeli troops have shot and killed two Palestinians during a raid on a refugee camp in the northern part of the West Bank, amid increasing tensions following the martyrdom of a top leader of the Islamic Jihad resistance movement in an Israeli jail.

The two martyrs shot by the occupation Israeli forces arrived at Thabet Thabet government hospital after the raid on the Nur Shams refugee camp near the city of Tulkarm on Saturday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Both men were 22 years old and died of bullet wounds to their chest, neck and abdomen, it added.

The ministry identified the victims as Samer Salah Shafiee and Hamza Jamil Kharyoush, noting that a third Palestinian was also admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Videos circulating on social media purportedly showed the lifeless bodies of the two Palestinians lying on a tin roof as what appear to be Israeli forces searching them.

At one point, one of the soldiers tried to flip one body as he partially took off the dead man’s jeans.

The Israeli army asserted in a statement that the men were involved in a “shooting attack” in the illegal Avnei Heftz settlement in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday that wounded an Israeli settler.

“The two gunmen were shot and killed after attempting to flee the scene,” the statement said, adding that two others were arrested.

“Two M-16 rifles, military vests and [ammunition] magazines” were confiscated during the raid, it said.

The Gaza-based Hamas resistance movement said the men were members of one of the group’s branches.

It announced in a statement that the men had engaged in an armed struggle against the Israeli military.

Over the past months, Israel has ramped up attacks on Palestinian towns and cities throughout the occupied territories. As a result of these attacks, dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested.

Most of the raids have focused on the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin, where Israeli forces have been trying to stifle a growing Palestinian resistance against occupation.

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