Israel kills two young Palestinians in occupied West Bank raid

Israel kills two young Palestinians in occupied West Bank raid
Two Palestinians, aged 22 and 25, were shot by Israeli forces on Monday during a raid in the occupied West Bank.
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The raid has resulted in the first West Bank deaths in 2023 [Getty]

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian officials said, as it demolished the homes of two Palestinians accused of killing an Israeli soldier.

The Palestinian health ministry announced the deaths of "Mohammad Samer Hoshieh, 22, after being shot in the chest, and Fuad Mohammad Abed, 25, after being shot in the abdomen and thigh" during a raid by Israeli forces in Jenin.

Israeli soldiers entered the village of Kafr Dan in Jenin "in order to demolish the residences of the assailants who were involved in the shooting adjacent to the Gilboa (Jalame) Crossing, in which Major Bar Falah was killed," Israel said.

Israeli forces gave no immediate comment on the deaths.

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Falah was killed in September 2022 during a firefight at a checkpoint. 

Two Palestinians were killed in the shooting. The two Palestinians were identified as Ahmed and Abdel Rahman Abed, cousins and from the village of Kufr Dan, west of Jenin

A subsequent raid by the Israeli army left a Palestinian teenager, 17-year-old Uday Salah, dead after he was "killed by a bullet to the head".

Israeli force had said at the time its forces were "mapping out the homes of the terrorists who killed Major Bar Falah and arresting suspects through the West Bank".

Israel regularly destroys the homes of individuals it blames for attacks on occupied forces.

Human rights activists say Israel's policy of demolishing the homes of suspected attackers amounts to collective punishment, as it can render non-combatants - including children - homeless.

Israel claims the practice is effective in deterring some Palestinians from carrying out attacks.

The two deaths are the first in the occupied West Bank for 2023.

According to United Nations data, 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since the 2002-2005 uprising, known as the Second Intifada, with at least 150 Palestinians and 26 Israelis killed last year across Israel and the West Bank, including east Jerusalem.