West Bank: Two Palestinians killed, Israeli soldier in critical condition after clash
Two Palestinians were killed on Tuesday near the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank, reportedly in clashes with Israeli troops. Israeli sources also reported that an Israeli man was shot in the head and injured seriously by an Islamic Jihad member in the same area.
Four other Palestinians were wounded in the incident as well, according to Ynet. Palestinian witnesses reported that Israeli troops were in the Jenin area, near the town of Arabeh.
Overnight Monday, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a group of Hamas activists in the Khan Younis area of the Gaza Strip, seriously injuring Hamas leader Khalid Abu Anza.
A group of men in an automobile shot at Abu Anza in a direct hit to his head as they sped passed him. He is currently in serious condition.
Abu Anza was field leader of the Hamas aligned Qassam Brigades in the western part of the Gaza Strip, according to Ma'an.
It is unclear who was responsible for the attack, though it is believed to be connected to the ongoing tension between the rival Fatah and Hamas groups surrounding recent Palestinian elections.
Meanwhile, Israeli security forces arrested 22 Palestinians, seven of whom were reportedly members of Hamas, in overnight raids across the West Bank on Monday.
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