JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday who the Islamic Jihad group said were among its members.
The shooting, which occurred in the town of Qabatiya, near Jenin, comes after surprise Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday killed three Islamic Jihad leaders and 10 civilians.
The two Palestinians shot at the soldiers from a car before being shot dead, the Israeli army said, adding that they found an assault rifle in the vehicle. There are no Israeli casualties, she added.
“The enemy must understand that our response will match the crimes it has committed against our people and our holy warriors,” said Islamic Jihad, which claimed the men belonged to its group in a statement.
The two men were aged 19 and 24, the Palestinian health ministry said.
More than 100 Palestinians, mostly gunmen but also civilians, including children, have been killed by Israeli forces this year. At least 18 Israelis and foreigners have died.
(Report Emily Rose; French version Camille Raynaud and Kate Entringer, edited by Blandine Hénault)