3 Palestinians, including 2 brothers, shot dead in clashes with IDF

Two Palestinian brothers were killed by Israeli troops early Tuesday in the central West Bank, Palestinian health officials said, bringing the death toll to three this morning.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry said the brothers, Jawad Rimawi, 22, and Dhafer Rimawi, 21, were killed when Israeli troops opened fire on them in the town of Kafr Ein.

The Israel Defense Forces said clashes broke out in the city during a routine military operation.

“A violent riot developed with the participation of several suspects who threw cinder blocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF forces,” the army said in a statement.

The IDF said troops fired back at the suspects and said it was aware of reports of two Palestinians killed in the incident.

The incident occurred hours after a Palestinian was killed in clashes with troops, after two disabled military vehicles in a town near Hebron.

The IDF said the two jeeps, on routine patrol, became stuck in the city due to “technical malfunctions”.

Palestinians opened fire and others threw rocks and explosive devices at the soldiers, who responded with live ammunition and other riot dispersal means, the army said.

“The jeeps were successfully rescued by IDF forces that entered the town,” the IDF said.

There were no injuries among the soldiers, although damage was done to vehicles, according to the IDF.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank over the past year, with the Israeli military launching a major counter-terrorism offensive mainly focused on the northern West Bank to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that left 31 Israelis dead. and in the West Bank. since the beginning of the year.

The operation paid off more than 2,500 arrests in near-night raids, but also left around 150 Palestinians dead, many – but not all – in attacks or in clashes with security forces. At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in settler attacks against Palestinians and security forces.

The IDF said Tuesday morning that troops arrested two wanted Palestinians in nighttime raids in the towns of Jaba’ and Kafr ‘Aqab.

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