During the hours of pre-dawn on Monday, Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after foiling their attempt to run over troops during an arrest raid in the area.
The Israel Defense Forces stated that while troops were operating in the Jalazone refugee camp in an attempt to arrest a terror suspect, a vehicle began to accelerate toward them. “During the activity, a ramming attack was attempted against the forces, who responded by firing and neutralizing the two suspects,” the IDF said.
Luckily, no soldiers were hurt in the incident and the Palestinian Authority health ministry said it was notified of the deaths, but did not yet know the identities of the men.
The IDF and police have been on heightened alert since last week’s beginning of the Jewish holiday season, with tensions already high due to an Israeli anti-terror offensive that has seen over 100 Palestinians killed and more than 2,000 arrested in nightly raids in the West Bank.
In the arrest raids across the West Bank early Monday, 16 wanted Palestinians were arrested, the IDF said.