Israeli military forces have shot and killed two Palestinians in an attack in the city of al-Khalil (Hebron) in the West Bank.
According to Israel’s Army Radio, the attack was carried out Tuesday morning when Israeli soldiers raided a house in the Palestinian city to arrest the two men, Marwan Qawame and Amer Abu Aysha.
The Israeli military claimed that it suspected the two Palestinians of “kidnapping and murdering three Jewish teenagers in Gush Etzion earlier this summer.”
“In the exchange of gunfire which ensued, both Palestinians were killed,” according to the military.
Israeli forces killed several Palestinians and arrested hundreds of others, including Hamas members and lawmakers, as part of the military operations purportedly in search of the three settlers who had gone missing on June 12 and were found dead.
Tel Aviv has claimed the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is responsible for the death of the teens.
Hamas had denied involvement in the disappearance of the settlers and said Israel is trying to sabotage the recent reconciliation accord reached between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah, which led to the formation of the Palestinian national unity government in June.
Israel also later used the kidnapping allegation as an excuse to launch a 50-day war on the Gaza Strip, killing over 2,100 Palestinians and injuring over 11,000.