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Israeli forces kill two Palestinians in West Bank city of Tulkarm

Hamza Khrewish and Samer al-Shafei were killed in Israeli raid on Nur Shams refugee camp
Hamza Khrewish was killed alongside Samer al-Shafei during an Israeli raid on Nur Shams refugee camp in the occupied West Bank (social media)

Israeli forces killed two Palestinians on Saturday morning during a raid on the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Hamza Khrewish, 22, and Samer al-Shafei, 22, died of bullet wounds to their chest, neck and abdomen while en route to the Thabet Thabet government hospital. 

The Israeli army said it conducted the raid on Nur Shams refugee camp to arrest two Palestinians for involvement in a "shooting attack" earlier this week in the (illegal) Israeli settlement of Avnei Heftz, where an Israeli was wounded. 

Israeli forces stormed the camp and encircled the compound where Khrewish and Shafei were residing, while snipers were posted on surrounding rooftops as reinforcements, Haaretz quoted an eyewitness as saying.

"The two gunmen were shot and killed after attempting to flee the scene," the Israeli army said in a statement, adding that two other people had been arrested in the raid. 

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The army said that it had confiscated two m-16 rifles, military vests and magazines during the raid in Tulkarm. 

Tulkarm declared a day of mourning and a strike following the incident, which brought the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces so far this year to 106. A total of 19 Israelis and one Ukrainian have been killed by Palestinians over the same period.

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