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Israeli forces shoot dead two Palestinians, injure another in Nablus raid

The photo shows the two slain Palestinians So'oud al-Titi and Mohammad Abu Thera' who were killed by Israeli forces near the West Bank city of Nablus on April 11, 2023. (Photo by Wafa news agency)

Israeli military forces have shot dead two Palestinians and injured another during a raid on a village near the West Bank city of Nablus, as tensions continue to escalate across the occupied territories. 

According to Palestine’s official news agency Wafa, Israeli troops attacked the village of Deir al-Hatab, east of the city of Nablus, on Tuesday, and killed two Palestinians near the Elon Moreh settlement.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health later identified the victims as So'oud al-Titi and Mohammad Abu Thera'.  

Ahmed Jibril, director of ambulance and emergency services at the Palestine Red Crescent Society in Nablus, said medical crews also transferred a Palestinian youth who was shot in the shoulder with live bullets to the Rafidia Surgical Hospital, adding that Israeli forces had prevented paramedics from approaching the scene.

It added that the latest deaths bring to 98 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire so far in 2023.

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 Nablus and Jenin, where Israeli forces have been trying to stifle a growing Palestinian resistance against occupation.

Local and international rights groups have condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and “shoot-to-kill policy” against Palestinians.

The latest development comes as tensions remain high across the occupied territories since Israeli troops attacked worshipers in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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