Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in Nablus raid

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Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians on Monday in a morning raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, in what the army described as an “anti-terrorist operation”.

“Two martyrs shot by the occupation (Israel) in Nablus,” the ministry confirmed in a brief statement, without elaborating on their identity.

The Israeli army said it carried out the raid to arrest two people involved in a shooting attack that injured two Israeli soldiers last month in the West Bank town of Huwara.

“During the action, some armed gunmen shot the forces who responded with live fire. Hits were identified,” the army statement said, adding that two people were arrested.

Israeli forces have carried out several deadly raids in the flashpoint city of Nablus in recent months and the emergence of a militant group known as the Lions’ Den, which has been blamed for several attacks on Israeli targets.

In a statement on Monday, the Lions’ De said that their members were involved in “addressing the storming of the occupying forces in the city of Nablus”.

The raid came two days after the peak of violence in which two people were killed in clashes with Israeli forces, amid fears that the conflict could escalate during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Since the beginning of the year, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed at least 90 Palestinians, 15 Israelis and at least one Ukrainian, according to AFP tallies based on official sources from both sides.

These figures include, on the Palestinian side, combatants and civilians, including minors, and on the Israeli side, mostly civilians including minors and two members of the Arab minority.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967.

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