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Israeli police and special forces were involved in a shooting in the West Bank on Sunday that left two people dead and more than a dozen injured, Israeli and West Bank officials said.
Israeli forces said the shooting took place in the city of Nablus and at least two armed Palestinians were killed after an hour-long gunfight.
No Israeli officers were injured in the shooting, officials said.
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A witness said he heard Israeli officials asking a single person in a house to surrender when gunshots rang out from the house, Reuters reported. Israeli police returned fire, killing two people, the witness said.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society identified the Palestinians who died as Aboud Sobh, 29, and Muhammad Al-Azizi, 22. Nineteen other Palestinians were injured in the shooting.
Two of those injured are in critical condition, the local rescue service added.
The militant group Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed both members dead, Reuters reported.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid confirmed the shooting and said the suspects were “terrorists” wanted for their involvement in previous shootings.
“We are not going to sit and wait 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 area.
“The region will remain in a cycle of violence until the occupation is over and a just peace is achieved,” Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh said.
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The shooting comes as Israeli forces carry out near-daily raids in the West Bank, prompting backlash from local protesters. Recent clashes between protesters and Israeli troops have turned into violent exchanges, resulting in several deaths.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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