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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank

The number of Palestinians killed this week by Israel, rises to 15, making it one of the deadliest weeks in months for Palestinians in the West Bank
People check damage in a house where two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during a raid in Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank 7 July 2023 (Reuters)

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians on Friday morning and three others were wounded in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. 

The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that the two Palestinians killed were 34-year-old Khairy Shaheen, and 32-year-old Hamza Moayed Muhammad Maqboul. 

The Palestinian news agency Wafa said Israeli troops had cordoned off a house where the two Palestinians were and that they had been "executed". It reported that clashes with residents later broke out.

Israeli forces raided the old city of Nablus surrounding a house, following which armed clashes broke out. 

The latest killings brings the number of Palestinians killed this week to 15, following a large-scale Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank.  

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On Thursday an Israeli soldier was killed in the West Bank near the illegal settlement of Kedumim, making him the second soldier killed this week. 

The shooter was a 19-year-old Palestinian who opened fire and fled on foot. Israeli forces later gave chase and shot him dead.

Initially, Israel claimed that the soldier was a settler before later revealing his identity.

Jenin devastation

The latest Palestinian deaths come days after Israel’s large-scale military raid on Jenin, which resulted in the killing of 12 Palestinians and displaced over 4,000 people from their homes. 

Hundreds of armed Israeli soldiers and military vehicles stormed the camp and adjacent areas in the early hours of Monday this week, under heavy cover from helicopters.
The Jenin refugee camp was left in ruins following the offensive, with infrastructure and buildings heavily damaged, leaving thousands of people without access to basic services. 

More than 800 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the two-day Israeli assault 

Many parts of the Jenin camp have been reduced to rubble, with hospitals and places of worship also damaged in the attacks. 

Eyewitnesses told Middle East Eye that the attacks resembled the aftermath of an earthquake. 

Following the Israeli assault on the camp, a Palestinian drove a pickup truck into pedestrians in Tel Aviv before carrying out a stabbing attack, wounding eight people.

The Jenin camp is home to almost 14,000 refugees, including many who were expelled from their homeland in 1948 and their descendants.

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