JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed two 15-year-old Palestinian teenagers on Sunday in the northern West Bank after the two allegedly opened fire at Israeli soldiers, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an.
The spokesperson said the two teens were shot and killed after allegedly shooting at Israeli soldiers near the village of al-Araqa west of Jenin.
The spokesperson added that no Israeli soldiers were injured.
A Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) spokesperson initially told Ma’an that PRCS was informed two Palestinians were injured, but that Israeli forces prevented them from reaching the scene to provide medical treatment.
She added that the Palestinian Ministry of Health later contacted the Palestinian Red Crescent to inform them that two Palestinians had been killed.
The Ministry of Health identified the deceased Palestinians as Nihad Raed Muhammad Waqed and Fuad Marwan Khalid Waqed, both 15-year-olds from al-Araqa.
While a majority of Palestinians who have committed attacks against Israeli military, police and civilians have hailed from occupied East Jerusalem and the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, tensions in the northern West Bank have been heating up this month.
On Feb. 3, three youth from Qabatiya village, a town about eight miles southeast of al-Araqa, were shot and killed after opening fire on two Israeli Border Police Officers in occupied East Jerusalem, killing one 19-year-old officer and injuring another.
Following the attack, Israeli forces blockaded Qabatiya village, not allowing anyone to enter or exit the area for three days. After the blockade was lifted, residents were informed that all Israeli work permits from residents of Qabatiya would be revoked.
A picture shared on social media showing Fuad Waqed.