Two Palestinians killed during raids by Israeli forces in the West Bank

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the raids they are carrying out in the West Bank, deaths in addition to the four Palestinians killed in recent days in the escalation of violence and tensions in the area.

The killing of the two Palestinians took place before dawn, in two towns in the Jenin area, where residents have stated that Israeli forces are carrying out arrests.

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The vanguard

After a total of four attacks in recent weeks – by Palestinian or Arab citizens of Israel – that have left 13 Israeli victims, the government of the Jewish state has responded with what it calls “counter-terrorist activities” to deal with the violence.

An Israeli army spokesman has indicated that the soldiers “responded with live ammunition” after “dozens of Palestinians violently attacked them, fired on the forces and launched improvised explosive devices at them, endangering their security”. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, four other Palestinian citizens were injured. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

For his part, the senior Palestinian Authority official, Hussein Al-Sheikh, has stated on Twitter that the international community has “lost its credibility as a result of its silence”, in the face of what he has described as daily Palestinian bloodshed by part of the Israeli “occupying forces”.

Strikes in the West Bank over Palestinian deaths

The governorates of Ramallah and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, are experiencing a general strike today in protest at the deaths of Palestinian citizens. The strike, called by the ruling party, Fatah, “covers all areas of commercial life and the public and private sectors,” according to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, which has broadcast a video of the central streets of the city ​​of Ramallah in which their businesses and establishments are closed.

Historical and constant tension between Israel and Palestine

Israel took over the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem – territories in which the Palestinians seek to form a state – in what is known as the Six-Day War of 1967. The last round of peace talks in 2014 failed. . Since then, tension has been a constant in the area, going through peaks of violence like the current one. Despite the deaths and the various attacks, this historical conflict continues to stall, which significantly and constantly harms civil society.