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Two Israeli settlers killed in Kiryat Malakhi retaliatory shooting

Israeli forces are seen at the scene of a deadly shooting in Kiryat Malakhi on February 16, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Two Israeli settlers have been killed in a retaliatory shooting near Kiryat Malakhi in the southern part of the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories.

On Friday, a man opened fire on a bus stop near Kiryat Malakhi, which is located nearly 25 kilometers north of the besieged Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to an Israeli genocidal war for more than four months.

A spokeswoman for Kaplan Medical Center said two settlers who were brought to the facility had been declared dead.

Four others were injured in the shooting, according to Israeli military forces.

That’s while other reports said three settlers were killed and three others were injured in the shooting.

According to the police, the man who opened fire was killed at the scene by an armed settler.

The attack comes following more than four months of continuous and unparalleled Israeli violence on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It also comes after the Israeli authorities plan to invade the city of Rafah at the southern end of the Gaza Strip, where over 1.4 million Palestinians are sheltering, having been driven out by the Israeli aggression in northern and central Gaza.

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 28,775 Palestinians and injured more than 68,552 others.

Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.


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