Jerusalem24 – Two Palestinian fighters were shot and killed by the Israeli army on Tuesday in Deir Al-Hattab village near the illegal settlement of Elon Moreh, east of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the men as Saud Al-Titi and Mohammad Abu Draa, both ex-prisoners and residents of Balata refugee camp in Nablus.
The army is withholding both bodies.
Israel Hayom reported that the men arrived at the scene in a vehicle, with two men stepping out of the car in front of an Israeli army post, “presumably to fire, then the Israeli soldiers ambushed them, killing two and injuring one.”
The Israeli army issued a different version of events, claiming that four Palestinians opened fire at the Elon Moreh settlement from a vehicle, before Israeli soldiers shot at them and killed two, while another two managed to escape.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said it evacuated one wounded Palestinian who was shot in the shoulder to a hospital in Nablus.
The Israeli army said it found three weapons at the scene.Abu Draa was released from prison in 2011 in a prisoner exchange, known to Palestinians as the “Shalit prisoners exchange deal”, after 14 years in prison.
“Mohammad spent most of his life in Israeli prisons. When he was released, he started working for a while, then he chose the path of resistance,” Abu Draa’s uncle told Quds News Network, seemingly confirming that Abu Adraa’ was a fighter belonging to an armed Palestinian group. “His grandfather was a martyr, and his aunt too.”
100 Palestinians including 19 children have now died by Israeli fire (both military, police and settlers) in the occupied West Bank, occupied East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel, since the beginning of the year.