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Israeli forces kill two Palestinians near Ramallah

Israel says the men were attempting to attack soldiers trying to arrest a Palestinian, although that could not be verified.

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Israeli forces have shot dead two Palestinian men during a raid near the town of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

The two men were killed while in a car in the Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah, according to local media.

The Palestinian official news agency, Wafa, identified them as 19-year-old Bassel Qassem Basbous and 21-year-old Khaled Fadi Anbar.

A third, Raafat Habash, 19, was wounded in the shooting.

The bodies of the two men were taken by the Israeli army after they were killed, while the man who was wounded was arrested.

News of the killings came in at about 7am local time (04:00 GMT).

The Israeli army said its men were attempting to arrest a suspect in Jalazone when they suspected that the three men were planning to carry out a car-ramming attack against the soldiers, before being shot.

That claim could not be independently verified.

The Fatah movement of Ramallah and el-Bireh region announced a general strike in the areas after the killings.

Israel has been carrying out near-daily raids in the West Bank, largely focused on the towns of Jenin and Nablus, where new armed Palestinian groups have been formed.

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