GAZA — Two Palestinian youths were shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes on Thursday in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian medical sources and witnesses said.
Israeli-Palestinian tensions have risen following President Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move that has sparked Palestinian protests along the Gaza border and in the West Bank.
A 16-year-old youth was killed and two others wounded near the Gaza-Israel border fence in which Palestinians threw stones at Israeli troops, one of the wounded youths, medics and witnesses said.
A second Palestinian 16-year-old was killed in a clash at the village of Bureen near the town of Nablus in the central West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.
A total of 17 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed since the flare-up began on December 6.
Analysts say neither Israel nor the Palestinians are interested in another Gaza war. Gaza’s neighborhoods and its two million people still bear the scars of the heavy destruction caused by Israeli attacks during a seven-week conflict in 2014.
In Israel, there is little eagerness to endure again the daily disruptions brought by sirens warning of rocket strikes.