The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Two Palestinia­ns shot dead by Israelis

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Two Palestinia­ns, one a teenager, were killed in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, hours after police apprehende­d two Palestinia­n men suspected of killing three Israelis last week.

It was the latest episode of violence during weeks of Palestinia­n attacks in Israel, and Israeli military raids in the occupied West Bank that have left at least 18 Israelis and some 30 Palestinia­ns dead.

The Palestinia­n man died after he was shot by Israeli troops trying to cross the security fence near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military said that soldiers “spotted a suspect who attempted to illegally cross the security fence” near the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem and fired at him. It said the man was evacuated to receive medical treatment, but declined commenting on the man’s condition. The Palestinia­n Health Ministry confirmed the man’s death.

The Israeli military also said an Israeli civilian shot a Palestinia­n armed with a knife who entered a West Bank settlement south of Jerusalem. The Palestinia­n Health Ministry said 17-year-old Mutassim Atallah was killed in the Tekoa settlement.

The military said troops were searching the area for additional suspects, but provided no additional details about the incident.

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