Gaza-based resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad have vowed to respond to the Israeli regime’s killing of two Palestinian youths in a violent assault on a refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm.
The latest Israeli atrocity took place on Saturday morning as two Palestinians, identified as Samer Salah Shafiee and Hamza Jamil Kharyoush, were fatally shot by the Israeli occupation forces during a raid on Nur Shams refugee camp near Tulkarm City.
The Israeli military said it conducted a raid to apprehend individuals suspected of carrying out a shooting attack against Israelis earlier this week, Reuters reported.
Hamas said the men were members of one of the group’s branches. The statement said the men had engaged in armed struggle against the Israeli military.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said both men were 22 years old and died of bullet wounds to their chest, neck and abdomen.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement that such atrocities by the illegal entity in the West Bank would not succeed in stopping the Palestinian people’s “growing revolutionary tide,” but rather would fuel the flames of revolution.
In another statement, Islamic Jihad spokesman Tariq Salmi denounced the latest Israeli crime in Tulkarm and said the occupying regime was “fully responsible” for the killing of the two Palestinian youths.
The deaths raised to 104 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and east Al-Quds since the start of the year.
Israel has been staging near-nightly arrest raids into West Bank villages, towns and cities for more than a year in an operation prompted by a wave of Palestinian attacks against Israelis last year. Israel says the raids are meant to dismantle militant networks and thwart future attacks.