Two Palestinians dead after Israel’s raid on Nablus sparks firefight

Israel is bracing for protests and payback violence after its raiders killed two Palestinian militants in a pre-dawn gun battle in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the death of two men and said six more were wounded in Sunday’s clash at a house in the Palestinian city of Nablus.

The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant group claimed the two dead as its members.

Israel security forces on an apparent arrest raid outside the house of a wanted suspect came under fire and “responded with live fire and other means until neutralising the terrorists inside the house and on its roof”, police said.

A neighbour, Naser Estitya, 60, said he heard gunshots from inside the house before the Israeli forces fired heavily at the house.

“They were calling the name of one person, asking him to surrender,” he said.

Photos from the scene showed part of the wall at the top floor had been destroyed.

Senior Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh condemned the killings.

“Another crime committed by the occupation forces in the old city of Nablus, where martyrs have fallen and many wounded,” he said on Twitter.

“We strongly condemn this crime, and we hold the occupation responsibility for its repercussions.”

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