Israel Says It Killed Two Palestinian Militants in the West Bank

Palestinians inspect the damage at the site where two Palestinians were killed during an Israeli operation in the West Bank city of Qalqilia, 21 June 2024. (EPA)
Palestinians inspect the damage at the site where two Palestinians were killed during an Israeli operation in the West Bank city of Qalqilia, 21 June 2024. (EPA)
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Israel Says It Killed Two Palestinian Militants in the West Bank

Palestinians inspect the damage at the site where two Palestinians were killed during an Israeli operation in the West Bank city of Qalqilia, 21 June 2024. (EPA)
Palestinians inspect the damage at the site where two Palestinians were killed during an Israeli operation in the West Bank city of Qalqilia, 21 June 2024. (EPA)

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian gunmen in an exchange of fire during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israel police said.

The two men belonged to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group and opened fire at the Israeli forces during an attempt to arrest them in the town of Qalqilia, the police statement said.

"Handguns were found on the two terrorists. One of the neutralized terrorists was planning to carry out an attack in the area," the statement said.

Islamic Jihad did not immediately claim the two men as members.

Videos circulating on social media, which Reuters couldn't immediately verify, showed Israeli forces surrounding a crashed car and one security force member pulling the body of a man from the vehicle onto the ground.

The Palestinian official news agency WAFA said Israeli forces prevented local medics from reaching the car and then took away the bodies.

Palestinian health officials confirmed the deaths of the two men.

Violence in the West Bank, already on the rise before the war in Gaza, has escalated further, with stepped-up Israeli military raids, settler violence and Palestinian street attacks.

Around 550 people, including many gunmen and some civilian bystanders, have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank since the Gaza war erupted on Oct. 7.



Sudan, Iran Exchange Ambassadors after 8-Year Rupture

Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
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Sudan, Iran Exchange Ambassadors after 8-Year Rupture

Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)
Al-Burhan received the credentials of the Iranian ambassador (Sovereignty Council website)

The head of the Sovereignty Council, Commander of the Sudanese Army, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, received, on Sunday, the credentials of Hassan Shah, the new Iranian Ambassador in Sudan, after more than 8 years of complete estrangement between the two countries.
In press statements, the Undersecretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hussein Al-Amin, pointed to the “beginning of a new phase of bilateral relations,” and stressed strong ties between Sudan and Iran.
He added: “The President of the Sovereignty Council welcomed the new ambassador of Iran.”
In turn, the Iranian ambassador said that submitting his credentials “comes within the framework of the common consensus between the two countries regarding the exchange of ambassadors and the promotion of bilateral relations.” He added that he would do his “utmost to strengthen cooperation relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sudan.”
He also noted that his country “supports national sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Sudan.”
In October, Sudan announced the resumption of diplomatic relations with Iran following meetings between officials in the two countries, which lasted for months.
The new rapprochement began during talks between their foreign ministers in Azerbaijan, in July 2023, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement.
In June 2016, the government of deposed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced that it was severing its relations with Iran and expelling its ambassador from Khartoum.