Two Palestinians Killed in Clashes With Israeli Army in West Bank

The Palestinian Health Ministry reports one man killed near Ramallah, and another by Palestinian fire near Nablus, during confrontations with the Israeli army

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Israeli army soldiers take position during a raid near Ramallah on Wednesday
Israeli army soldiers take position during a raid near Ramallah on WednesdayCredit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/Reuters
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Two Palestinians were shot and killed early Thursday in separate incidents during clashes with the Israeli army in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Wissan Afaneh, 26, was shot in Al-Bireh near Ramallah during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians. Afaneh was evacuated to the hospital in the city where he was later pronounced dead.

In separate clashes in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, Samer Khaled, 25, was fatally shot by Palestinians who opened fire at his car, thinking it was an undercover Israeli army vehicle, according to Palestinian sources. Khaled died of his wounds shortly after. Israeli forces were in the area to conduct an arrest operation, said the sources.

The Israel Defense Forces said they arrested six Palestinians during overnight operations in the West Bank, one in a refugee camp.

In August, 58-year-old Salah Tawfik Sawafta was killed in clashes between armed Palestinians and the Israeli forces the West Bank city of Tubas, northeast of Nablus. His relatives claim that he was shot as he was returning home from Friday morning prayers, while Israel claims Sawafta was a participant in the clashes.

A day earlier, 18-year-old Wasim Nasser Khalifa was killed during clashes with the Israeli forces that were guarding Israeli Jewish worshippers at Joseph's Tomb. On August 9, 17-year-old Momen Yassin Jaber was killed during clashes in Hebron, who were protesting after the death of Ibrahim al-Nabulsi.

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