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Israeli police officers and special forces were involved in a shooting in the West Bank on Sunday that left two dead and more than a dozen injured, officials from Israel and the West Bank said.
Israeli forces said the shooting took place in the city of Nablus and that at least two armed Palestinians were killed after an exchange of gunfire that lasted hours.
No Israeli officers were injured in the shooting, officials said.
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A witness said he overheard Israeli officials demanding that only one person in a home surrender when gunshots rang out from the house, Reuters reported. Israeli police returned fire, killing two people, the witness said.
The Palestinian Red Crescent has identified the deceased Palestinians as Aboud Sobh, 29, and Muhammad Al-Azizi, 22. Nineteen other Palestinians were injured in the shooting.
Two of the injured are in critical condition, the local rescue service added.
The militant group of the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the two deceased members, Reuters reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid confirmed the shooting and said the suspects were “terrorists” wanted for their involvement in previous shootings.
“We don’t sit around waiting for Israeli citizens to be harmed,” Lapid said. “We will go out and harm the terrorists in their homes.”
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A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the shooting was the result of an “occupation” by Israeli troops in the region.
“The region will remain in a cycle of violence until the occupation ends and a just peace is achieved,” said Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh.
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The shooting comes as Israeli forces are conducting almost daily raids into the West Bank, sparking some reactions from local protesters. Recent clashes between demonstrators and Israeli troops have resulted in violent exchanges that have resulted in several deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.