Two Palestinians killed in the West Bank

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Two Palestinians killed in the west-bank

Amir Odeh, 16, died of gunshot wounds to the chest.

Two Palestinians, including a teenager, were killed by Israeli gunfire on Friday in the occupied West Bank, where tensions remain high in the aftermath of a Palestinian bombing that injured three in Tel Aviv .

Amir Odeh, 16, died of gunshot wounds to the chest, fired by the occupation [Israel, Ed] in the town of Qalqilya, the Palestinian health ministry reported.

Asked by AFP, the army indicated that a suspect had approached a military position in the area of Qalqilya, threw a Molotov cocktail at soldiers at close range, to which the soldiers responded by opening fire, and hitting one person.

Earlier on Friday, the military said a terrorist armed with knives and explosive devices had been killed after entering the area of ​​Dorot Illit settlement, near Qalqilya, where the owner ground had fired at him.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said it was informed of the death of a 21-year-old Palestinian man killed by settler fire in this area.

< p class="e-p">These two deaths come the day after a gun attack in the center of Tel Aviv left three injured, men aged 32, 34 and 36. One of them remains in critical condition, according to the hospital he was admitted to.

Two family members of the Palestinian man who perpetrated the attack, Motaz Khawaja, 23, have been arrested, the army said on Friday.

For their part, the police said they had arrested two residents of Arab Israeli localities suspected of having transported the assailant, a member of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

He opened fire on Thursday around 8:40 p.m. on Dizengoff Avenue, before being shot by police.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said he had given the order for immediate action to destroy his home in Nilin, near Ramallah in the central West Bank, where Israeli forces are returned in order to make statements with a view to this destruction.

The European Union (EU) has called on all parties to exercise restraint following the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv.

This senseless act demonstrates once again how urgent it is to end the cycle of violence and defuse the situation, said the spokesman for the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell.

Hamas did not claim responsibility for the attack, but called Khawaja a heroic martyr and presented the operation as a personal initiative.

During At a Friday Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip, Mushir al-Masri, a senior figure in the organization, hailed the prompt response in the heart of Tel Aviv aimed at avenging the Hamas crime. occupation [Israel, Editor's note] in Jenin, a city in the West Bank, the scene of recurrent violence.

Six Palestinians, including the perpetrator of an anti-Israeli attack, were killed there on Tuesday in an Israeli military raid.

Islamic Jihad, another Palestinian armed group, promised that the resistance would continue as long as the aggression of the occupation [Israel, Ed] continued, according to one of its leaders in Gaza, Khaled el-Batsh.

Also on Thursday evening, in Betar Illit, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank southwest of Jerusalem, the Israeli army said that deminers had neutralized a suspicious package discovered on board a bus.

< p class="e-p">Visiting Israel as part of a Middle East tour, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says the United States is particularly concerned about recent abuses by settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by Israel.

Lloyd Austin also insisted on the need for de-escalation and the reduction of tensions and restore calm, especially before the Passover (early April) and Ramadan holidays, which are due to begin at the end of March.

Since the beginning of the year, the conflict Israeli-Palestinian claimed the lives of 78 Palestinians (including members of armed groups and civilians, d have minors), 12 Israeli civilians (including three minors) and a policeman, as well as a Ukrainian, according to an AFP count compiled from official Israeli and Palestinian sources.

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