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Israeli forces kill two in West Bank clash, Palestinian stabs bus passenger

Relatives of Palestinian Yazid Al Saadi react in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank
Relatives of Palestinian Yazid Al Saadi, who was killed in clashes during raids by Israeli forces, according to medics, react at the hospital in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, March 31, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

March 31, 2022

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed at least two Palestinians on Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, in clashes that erupted during a raid in the occupied West Bank that followed deadly Arab attacks in Israel.

In another incident, a Palestinian stabbed a passenger on an Israeli bus near a West Bank Jewish settlement and was shot dead by another passenger, the Israeli military said.

The national emergency services said the man who was stabbed suffered moderate injuries.

Earlier, the Israeli military said its forces and border police had entered the refugee camp in the city of Jenin to “detain terror suspects”.

“During the operation, terrorists opened fire on our forces. Israeli troops returned fire, which hit the gunmen. An Israeli soldier was slightly injured,” the military said in a statement.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said two Palestinians, aged 17 and 23, were killed in the clashes.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement that “the ongoing raids and daily killings of our people and the daily crimes of the settlers will lead the region to more tension and escalation.”

On Tuesday, a Palestinian gunman from the Jenin area shot dead five people in Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb, before being killed by police. The shooting condemned by Abbas on Tuesday brought the number of people killed by Arab attackers in Israel last week to 11.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with US President Joe Biden late Wednesday. The US embassy said Biden had “expressed his deepest condolences following the horrific terrorist attacks.”

Bennett has announced a series of measures to deal with what he has described as a new wave of attacks, saying more police are being brought to the city’s streets and security is being tightened in areas bordering the West Bank.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem, Ali Sawafta in Ramallah and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, writing by Jeffrey Heller, editing by Gareth Jones and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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