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4 killed, 2 injured after clashes between wanted Palestinians and security forces

Aug. 18, 2016 6:55 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2016 3:52 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Two members of the Palestinian security forces were killed on Thursday, and two more were injured during clashes with wanted Palestinians in the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, while Palestinian security forces killed two Palestinians on Friday during overnight raids in the Old City of Nablus.

After four Palestinian security officers were shot and injured, two later succumbed to their wounds -- one shortly after being shot in the chest, while the other was pronounced dead later in the evening after being shot in the head.

The slain security officers were identified as Shibli Ibrahim Abed Bani Shamseh, 27, from the village of Beita, and Mahmoud Tarayra from Bani Naim.

The two who survived their injuries were identified as Officer Naji Ahmad al-Titi, who was shot in the arm, and officer Iyad Omar Zaghloul, who was shot in the leg.

A Palestinian security official told Ma'an early Friday that two armed men were killed in the Old City of Nablus overnight during armed clashes when security forces attempted to arrest them. The two were initially reported as injured, and were taken to a hospital in Nablus, where they were pronounced dead.

The official added that three M16 guns were found with the armed assailants who were killed.

Clashes had erupted between armed Palestinians and security forces when a raid was carried out on the houses of Ahmad Izz Halaweh and Muyyad Isteiteh.

A Palestinian security official told Ma’an that Palestinian security forces have launched a concerted campaign to detain the Palestinians responsible for the shooting.

Palestinian security forces spokesperson Adnan Dmeiri confirmed Thursday that security forces were searching communities and trying to find and capture those responsible for killing the officers, adding that the security forces would continue to carry out arrests and raids on Palestinians engaged in illegal activities.

According to Dmeiri, five security officers have been killed in the past month.

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