According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, two Palestinian males were gravely injured by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the latest episode in a surge of Israeli-Palestinian violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
When scores of Palestinians began throwing rocks and bombs at Israeli troops conducting an arrest operation in the village of Yamun, west of Jenin in the northern West Bank, the troops fired fire.
“The military fired live ammo at the suspects who were throwing explosive devices. The army said in a statement that “hits were identified.”
According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, the two injured guys were taken to the hospital.
In nighttime searches across the West Bank on Monday, the military said it arrested 11 Palestinians.
Israel has dispatched troops to explore Palestinian cities and villages for suspects or collaborators tied to two recent deadly attacks on Israelis. A Palestinian shooter opened fire in a packed Tel Aviv pub earlier this month, killing three people before fleeing the scene. After a protracted manhunt, he was murdered in a gunfight with police.
This attack, along with three others in Israel in recent weeks, has killed 14 people, making it the worst outpouring of violence against Israelis in years.
According to an Associated Press count, Israeli soldiers have murdered at least 25 Palestinians in recent weeks. Many had carried out attacks or were participating in the clashes, but among those murdered were an unarmed woman and a lawyer who appeared to be a bystander.
Palestinian militants perceive Jenin to be a stronghold. When operating in the area, Israeli forces are frequently targeted. Even the Palestinian Authority, which governs sections of the occupied West Bank and works with Israel on security issues, appears to be in a state of flux.
In the 1967 Mideast war, Israel took control of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians want those lands for an independent state in the future.