Two Palestinian militants were killed in an operation conducted by the Israeli military near the town of Jenin on Saturday. According to reports, the Palestinian men fired shots from a moving car at Israeli soldiers, who then returned fire. The two men, aged 23 and 24, were declared dead by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
The Israeli army stated that the soldiers were on an anti-terrorist mission, and an M-16 rifle was found on the two attackers after the incident. The Israeli soldiers were not harmed in the incident. Jenin is known as a stronghold for Palestinian militants and the situation in the West Bank has been tense for a long time.
As a result of attacks last year, the Israeli army has increased the frequency of its raids in the area, which has led to fatal confrontations. This year, 12 Palestinians have been killed in relation to military operations or their own attacks. In 2020, the number of Palestinians killed was 172, the highest number since 2006.
Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem, among other territories, in 1967 and currently over 600,000 Israeli settlers live in these areas. The Palestinians claim these territories for an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital.