Israeli army kills two Palestinians in West Bank

Israel Materials 24 June 2008 10:00 (UTC +04:00)

Two Palestinians were shot and killed early Tuesday in Nablus in the first shooting deaths by Israeli forces in the West Bank in more than two months, medical officials in the city said.

An Israeli army force surrounded a building where students from Najah University stay and opened fire at the two Palestinians from close range, the sources said, the dpa reported.

The two were identified as Iyad Khanfar, 25, a fourth-year student at the university, and Walid Juma'a, 21, from a village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The army was apparently seeking Juma'a, who was described as a member of the militant Islamic Jihad organization.

The sources said the two were dead when they were brought to hospital in Nablus after the army had left the area.

The university suspended classes for the day in mourning for the dead student.