Two Palestinians were shot and seriously wounded during clashes with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank on Monday morning, Palestinian health officials said.
A spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces told The Times of Israel that the two men attempted to hurl explosive devices at troops who were conducting arrests in the town of Yamoun.
“Dozens of Palestinians gathered in the area, hurled stones and threw explosives at the forces. The troops fired at suspects who tried to hurl explosives at them. Hits were identified,” the spokesperson said.
Footage posted to social media purported to show the two men sprawled on the ground, as Israeli soldiers were seen in the background.
According to the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry, the two men were taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Jenin.
No Israeli troops were hurt in the operation, the military spokesperson said.
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The IDF later said in a statement that troops detained 11 wanted Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Sunday, including four who were suspected of attacking an Israeli man in the town of Husan last week.
Recent weeks have seen an uptick in military activity in the northern West Bank amid a spate of deadly attacks in Israel, some of whose perpetrators came from the area.
Tensions have risen sharply between Israel and the Palestinians against the backdrop of repeated terror attacks in Israeli cities that left 14 dead.
At least 15 Palestinians have died in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank in recent weeks. Several others have also been killed by Israeli forces while carrying out attacks.
Over the first day of the Passover holiday, Friday night till Saturday night, there were no major incidents in the West Bank, a military spokesperson said.