Ending more than three months of manhunt, Israeli security forces on Tuesday shot dead two Palestinians blamed for the June kidnapping and killings of three Israeli teenagers that spiralled into a 50-day conflict with Hamas, killing more than 2,100 people.
Two Palestinians suspected of having kidnapped and murdered three Jewish teenagers in June have been killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli security forces in the West Bank early Tuesday, the Israeli military confirmed.
Israel had seriously considered a full military reoccupation of the Gaza Strip and viewed it as "the only alternative" if Egypt failed to broker a truce and Hamas continued firing rockets, a top Israeli minister said.
Israel on Tuesday pressed on with its air raids on high-rise buildings in Hamas-ruled Gaza killing two Palestinians even as both sides were still considering a new Egyptian ceasefire proposal to end the 50-day war that has left over 2,200 people dead.
Israeli troops Monday demolished the homes of the families of two suspects in the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June, a military spokesperson said in a statement.
Israel on Sunday said it will not "negotiate under fire" and the military campaign in Gaza will continue, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, amid threats from Palestinian negotiators to abandon efforts to broker the ceasefire talks in Cairo if no Israeli delegation showed up.