Israeli Soldiers Kill Two Palestinians, Injure One, In Tulkarem

12:00 May 6 2023 Tulkarem (Tulkarm) refugee camp (مخيّم طولكرم)

Samer Salah Shafe’ey, 22, and Hamza Jamil Kharyoush, 22. Published by IMEMC News

An IDF armored car in Tul Karm on Saturday morning. Published by Haaretz

by IMEMC News
May 6, 2023

On Saturday, Israeli soldiers invaded the Tulkarem refugee camp north of Tulkarem city in the northwestern part of the occupied West Bank, before killing a young man, injuring another, and abducting two.

Media sources said several Israeli military vehicles invaded the refugee camp, leading to protests before the soldiers fired a barrage of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the soldiers killed Samer Salah Shafe’ey, 22, after shooting him with live rounds in the neck, chest, and abdomen, and Hamza Jamil Kharyoush, 22, after shooting him in the chest, abdomen, and left leg.

The Health Ministry added that the soldiers also shot a young man with a live round in the leg, inflicting moderate wounds, and caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, cuts, and bruises.

The soldiers also abducted Ibrahim Shallash, 20, and Mohammad Baleedy, 23, before withdrawing from the refugee camp.

The Israeli army published a video showing the soldiers killing the two young men; one of them can be seen carrying a gun on a rooftop but unaware of their presence until they fired many live rounds at him and killed him.

Thousands of Palestinians participated in the funeral processions of the two slain young, starting in front of Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital in Tulakrem, carrying Palestinian flags and chanting for ongoing resistance until liberation and independence, before heading to Tulkarem refugee camp.

The funeral was held at the Salam Mosque in the Tulkarem refugee camp before the two were buried at the Shuhada graveyard in the Thannaba area, east of Tulkarem.

Two Palestinian Militants Killed by IDF in West Bank Raid

A local militant group announced that two of their operatives were killed in an IDF raid in the Nur al-Shams refugee camp, and also said that one of the operatives was responsible for a West Bank shooting attack this past Tuesday

by Jack Khoury and Hagar Shezaf for Haaretz
May 6, 2023

Two Palestinians were killed by Israel Defense Forces gunfire on Saturday in the northern West Bank city of Tul Karm, the Palestinian Health Ministry and IDF reported.

The military said it conducted a raid to apprehend individuals suspected of carrying out a shooting attack against Israelis earlier this week.

"The two gunmen were shot and killed after attempting to flee the scene," a statement from the Israeli military said.

The Tul Karm Battalion militant group announced that two of its operatives, 22-year-olds Hamzah Kharouish and Samer Al-Shafi'i, were killed during gunfire exchanges with IDF forces operating in the Nur al-Shams refugee camp west of the city. A statement from the group said that Kharouish was the assailant that carried out a shooting attack in the West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz just four days ago. A day of mourning and a strike was declared in Tul Karm following the incident.

An eyewitness said that IDF forces entered Nur al-Shams and surrounded a compound where Kharouish and Al-Shafi'i were residing, while having snipers on building rooftops serving as reinforcements. According to eyewitness, Kharouish and Al-Shafi'i were shot dead attempting to escape from a window. Other reports indicate that IDF forces arrested two additional Palestinians, with one of them wounded from IDF gunfire.

Kharouish and Al-Shafi'i belonged to the Tul Karm Battalion — a group that mainly recruits armed young men some of whom are affiliated with Fatah. Their aim is to carry out terror attacks in the central West Bank and around Tul Karm. They say they take their inspiration from the Lion's Den militant group located in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

On Tuesday, a 39-year-old Israeli was wounded in a shooting attack in the West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz. According to reports, several cars in the area were also shot at.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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