Israeli soldiers kill two Palestinians in West Bank

TWO Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, Palestinian medics and security officials said today.

The dead men, Moatassem Adwan, 22, and 23-year-old Ali Khalifa, were killed by soldiers as they carried out arrests in the camp on the road from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

An official from the Fatah movement said that Israeli troops entered the camp at around 3.30am (10.30am AEST) and arrested one youth before clashes broke out, with young men throwing stones at soldiers.

The soldiers then opened fire on the stone-throwers, killing two, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Palestinian intelligence sources said the two “were taken to the Ramallah hospital at dawn. One of them was shot in the head and was martyred immediately. The second was martyred shortly afterwards.”

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops carrying out an arrest operation in Qalandiya refugee camp.

She said five soldiers were injured in the confrontations but could not confirm that any Palestinians had been killed in the incident.

The dead men, Mortesen Adwan, 23, and 22-year-old Ali Halifa, were killed by soldiers making arrests in the camp on the road from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

Witnesses said they opened fire after Palestinians threw stones at them.

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