Israel kills two Palestinians, parts of Gaza City remain without electricity
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians and injured six others during a raid near the West Bank city of Jenin on Friday, Palestinian sources said. According to Reuters, Palestinian security officials said that a gun battle broke out between Israeli troops and local gunmen in the village of Kafr Dan. One gunman and a 16-year-old boy died.
An Israeli army spokesman said that "several gunmen were identified during an activity against terror infrastructure. The troops fired at them and identified hitting them."
The Abu Amar Brigades, an armed group linked to Fatah, said that the gunman killed was one of its leaders.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian firm cut off power to parts of the central Gaza Strip Friday after Israel closed a crossing through which fuel is brought into the Palestinian area. Several neighborhoods of Gaza City were blanketed in darkness a few hours after the Gaza Generating Company, which supplies the Strip with about 25 percent of its electricity, said it would turn off three of its four generators.
"For two days we have not received fuel," the chairman of the Gaza Generating Company, Rafik Malikha, told a press conference in Gaza City. The Israeli side is preventing vehicles from approaching the crossing.
The Israeli army spokesman said the crossing had been closed since Wednesday for security reasons he could not detail.
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