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Israeli forces hunt east Jerusalem checkpoint attacker


JERUSALEM: Israeli forces are hunting the attacker behind an attack that killed a soldier in the east Jerusalem Authorities said Sunday, hours after two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead during an Israeli raid in the occupied area. the West Bank.
The Israeli military said one soldier was “dead from his injuries following a gun attack” that police said took place at a checkpoint in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem near the Shuafat refugee camp. of Palestine.
According to police, another Israeli was “seriously wounded”, and a third person, whose nationality was not specified, was hit with “shrapnel” in the incident, according to emergency services team Magen David Adom (MADA). ), indicating all the victims of the shooting. at the age of 20.
Police cordoned off the area near the checkpoint and dozens of police were deployed at the entrance and exit of east Jerusalem, while the Palestinian Red Crescent said its medical staff were being deployed. prevented from entering the refugee camp.
Prime Minister of Israel Yair Lapid described the shooting as a “serious” attack.
“My heart goes out to the wounded and their families tonight. Terror will not defeat us, we are strong even in this difficult evening,” he said in a statement.
Earlier on Saturday, two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead during an operation by Israeli forces in JeninThe northernmost city in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the killing of “two citizens by occupation (Israel) with bullets in Jenin”, when the Israeli army made an arrest there. 11 other people were also injured.
The dead were named by the Palestinian health ministry as Ahmad Daraghmeh, 16, and Mahmoud as-Sous, 18. Islamic Jihad hailed the teenagers as “its martyrs”.
The Israeli military said troops entered Jenin on Saturday to arrest a 25-year-old Palestinian man it said was a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group and is suspected of opening fire on troops in the area.
“During this operation, dozens of Palestinians threw explosives and Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers and fired at them,” an army statement said, adding that the soldiers fired at “the armed suspects”.
Saturday’s incident is the latest in a series of frequent and often deadly Israeli military raids on Palestinian militants, which have left dozens of Palestinian fighters and civilians dead.
Following the latest deaths in Jenin, the Palestinian president called on Washington to “put serious pressure on Israel to stop the all-out war against our Palestinian people”.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for President Mahmud Abbas, said in a statement carried by the Palestinian official news agency Wafa that Israel’s actions “will push the matter to an explosion and point of no return. ”
The agency also reported that Israeli forces had opened fire on journalists during the raid in Jenin.
Two reporters were injured Wednesday while covering a military operation witnessed by an AFP journalist near the West Bank city of Nablus in which a Palestinian was killed.
In March, Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin.
Saturday’s violence in Jenin came a day after two other Palestinian teenagers were shot dead by Israeli forces, according to the Health Ministry – Adel Dawoud, 14, killed in the northern West Bank, and Mahdi Ladadweh, 17 aged, killed near the city of Ramallah.
“I am very concerned about the deteriorating security situation, including the increase in armed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.” Tor WenneslandThe UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said in a statement.
Israel has occupied the West Bank since the Six-Day War in 1967, and some 475,000 Israelis now live in settlements across the territory, which are considered illegal by most of the international community.
They live with about 2.8 million Palestinians, who in various parts of the West Bank are under Israeli military rule or limited Palestinian administration.

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