Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 2 in gun battle in West Bank

Israeli troops and special forces were engaged in an hour-long firefight with armed Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli police said.

At least two Palestinians were killed, according to the Palestinian Rescue Service.

Israeli police said the fight broke out deep inside the city of Nablus during an arrest raid when gunmen barricaded themselves inside the suspect’s home.

Police said “a number” of armed Palestinians were killed, without specifying how many, and said no Israeli forces were wounded.

The militant group the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed the two slain Palestinians as its members. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said six others were injured.

A neighbor, Naser Estitya, 60, said he heard gunshots coming from the house before the Israelis fired on the house. “They were calling out a person’s name and demanding that they surrender,” he said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said the two men were killed in clashes with the military in Nablus and identified them as Aboud Sobh, 29, and Muhammad Al-Azizi, 22.

The military said violent protests erupted when troops operated in Nablus, during which protesters hurled explosive devices at soldiers and opened fire on them. The soldiers fired back, the military said.

The military continued to operate in another area of ​​the West Bank where another brief exchange of fire took place.

Israeli forces have been conducting near-daily raids in the West Bank for months to quell a spate of attacks by Palestinians on Israelis that has since subsided.

The military has encountered resistance to some of these raids, several of which have ended fatally.

19 people were killed in Palestinian attacks on Israelis earlier this year. According to an official Palestinian tally, more than 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year. Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 2 in gun battle in West Bank

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