West Bank: Two Palestinians shot dead during Israeli operations

Samer Khaled was rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards (WAFA)

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  September 1, 2022

Samer Khaled, 25, was killed during a raid on the Balata refugee camp near Nablus and Yazan Afana, 26, was shot in Al-Bireh.

Two Palestinians were killed early on Thursday in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The ministry said in a statement that Samer Khaled, 25, from Al-Ain camp in Nablus, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the neck during an Israeli raid on the Balata refugee camp, and Yazan Afana, 26, from Qalandia refugee camp, died after being shot in the heart in Al-Bireh.

Security sources told the Palestinian news agency Wafa that a sizable force of Israeli soldiers had stormed the Balata refugee camp to conduct arrests, sparking violent confrontations.

Khaled was rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards, Wafa said.

Local sources in Al-Bireh told the news agency that Israeli soldiers had opened fire towards local youths attempting to block their passage, killing Afana.

A Palestinian official told AFP that the death of Afana was linked to fire from Palestinian fighters, rather than the Israeli army.