Deadly clashes in West Bank, two Palestinian teens killed

Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teens on Saturday in clashes in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said, and a Palestinian gunman fatally shot an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.

Deadly clashes in West Bank, two Palestinian teens killed
Mourners attend the funeral of Palestinian Mahmoud Al-Sous, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in raid, in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank October 8, 2022. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

JENIN, West Bank, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teens on Saturday in clashes in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said, and a Palestinian gunman fatally shot an Israeli soldier in Jerusalem, Israeli officials said.

Police said the shooter had opened fire at Israeli security forces at a checkpoint at the Palestinian refugee camp Shuafat on Jerusalem's outskirts near the West Bank.

A female soldier was killed, the Israeli military said, and a security guard was severely wounded, police said, while forces were hunting for the assailant.

Earlier, the Israeli military said security forces on an operation to arrest a gunman from the Islamic Jihad militant group in the West Bank city of Jenin returned fire at Palestinians who shot and threw explosives at them.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said two Palestinians, aged 16 and 18, were killed and 11 were wounded. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killings.

Mourners attend the funeral of Palestinian Mahdi Ladado, 17, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes, near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, October 8, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Mourners attend the funeral of Palestinian Mahdi Ladado, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes, near Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, October 8, 2022. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The latest in near-daily incursions into Jenin, a militant stronghold, underlined the volatile security climate in the West Bank as Israel heads toward elections on Nov. 1.

Israel launched its Operation Breakwater against militants on March 31 in response to a string of fatal Palestinian street attacks in Israel.

The surge in violence in the West Bank, where the Palestinian have limited self-rule, has been one of the worst in years with around 80 Palestinians killed, including militants and civilians.

U.N. Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said he was alarmed by the violence and called for calm.

U.S.-brokered peace talks aimed at establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, collapsed in 2014 and showed no sign of revival.

Mourners and the brother of Palestinian Ahmad Daraghmeh (19), who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in raid, carry his body during his funeral in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank October 8, 2022. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

Mourners and the brother of Palestinian Ahmad Daraghmeh, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the raid, carry his body during his funeral in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on October 8, 2022. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

Israeli security officials have called on Abbas's Palestinian Authority (PA) to do more to rein in violence.

The PA, increasingly unpopular in the West Bank, says its ability to exert its rule has been systematically undermined by Israel's incursions.

Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said in a statement that Israel's government was "delusional" in thinking such actions would promote peace and stability.

Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza and Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem Editing by Ros Russell, Mark Potter, Nick Macfie, and Cynthia Osterman