Israeli soldiers kill 2 in West Bank: Palestinians
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 12:21
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories): Two Palestinians were shot dead overnight by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandia refugee camp in the West Bank, Palestinian medics and security officials said on Tuesday.

Moatassem Adwan, 22, and 23-year-old Ali Khalifa, were killed by soldiers as they carried out arrests in the camp on the road from Ramallah to Jerusalem.

An official from the Fatah movement told AFP that Israeli troops entered the camp at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT) and arrested one youth before clashes broke out, with young men throwing stones at soldiers.

The soldiers then opened fire on the stone-throwers, killing two, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Palestinian intelligence sources said the two "were taken to the Ramallah hospital at dawn. One of them was shot in the head and was martyred immediately. The second was martyred shortly afterwards."

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops carrying out an arrest operation in Qalandia refugee camp.

She said five soldiers were injured in the confrontations but could not confirm that any Palestinians had been killed in the incident.

Hours after the deaths, thousands of mourners packed into Qalandia for the funerals of the two men.


First Published: Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 12:21

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