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Israeli Raid on Nablus Results in the Deaths of Two Palestinians in the West Bank

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The Palestinian Ministry of Health said Monday that two other Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers’ bullets in an army raid on the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

The ministry confirmed in a brief statement that “the two martyrs were shot dead by the (Israeli) occupation in Nablus,” without clarifying their identities.

Their deaths are the latest in a year-long escalation of violence that shows no signs of abating.

The Israeli military said forces arrested two people suspected of aiding a gunman who allegedly shot two soldiers in the occupied West Bank town of Hawara last month. The army said that its soldiers came under fire during the raid and returned fire, confirming “injuries”.

The raid came two days after the height of the violence, which saw the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli forces, amid fears of an escalation of the conflict during the holy month of Ramadan.

The United States has tried to broker talks between Israel, Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinians to try to defuse tensions during Ramadan, which is now in its second week.

Violence has escalated in recent months in the West Bank and East Jerusalem amid almost daily Israeli arrest raids in Palestinian-controlled areas and a series of Palestinian attacks.

At least 88 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli or settler fire this year, according to an Associated Press tally. Palestinian attacks against Israelis killed 15 people in the same period.

Israel says most of the dead were militants. However, stone-throwing youths protesting against the incursions and people not participating in the confrontations were killed.

Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War in 1967. The Palestinians seek these lands for their future independent state.

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