2 PA police officers killed, 2 injured in Nablus firefight
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2 PA police officers killed, 2 injured in Nablus firefight

Palestinian security forces come under fire while attempting to arrest suspects in volatile West Bank city, governor says

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

Two Palestinian Authority police officers were killed and two other policemen were seriously injured Thursday evening during a firefight with Palestinian criminals in the West Bank city of Nablus, the city’s governor said.

The security forces came under fire while on a mission to arrest the suspects in Nablus’s old city, Akram al-Rajoub said, according to the official PA news agency Wafa.

Sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the city as security forces search for the gunmen, the report said.

Video uploaded to YouTube reportedly showed one of the injured police officers being carried through the old city streets by civilians.

Gun violence is rampant in the West Bank, PA police spokesman Loaie Izrekat said in June. Recently the house of Nablus Mayor Ghassan Shakeh came under fire. The late governor of Jenin Qadura Mussa died of a heart attack after assailants fired at his home in 2012. He had attempted to crack down on weapons dealing.

On June 30, five Palestinians, including two PA security officers, were killed in separate shootings in the West Bank, while sixteen people were injured.

AP contributed to this report

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