Israel army in pursuit of Palestinian who killed two Israelis

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The Israeli military says forces are in pursuit of a Palestinian assailant who shot and killed two Israelis at a West Bank factory.

The military says troops are in the attacker’s hometown of Shweika, in the northern West Bank, on Tuesday. The military has named the suspect as Ashraf Na’alwa.

Several Palestinians have been arrested for questioning.

Sunday’s attack took place in the Barkan industrial zone, near the large Israeli settlement of Ariel, where thousands of Israelis and Palestinians work side by side.

The attacker killed 28-year-old Kim Yehezkel, a mother of an infant son, and Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three, before fleeing, according to the Associated press.

Barkan has been touted as a rare example of Israeli-Palestinians coexistence. An Israeli woman also shot in the attack says a Palestinian treated her wounds.

On Friday,Three Palestinians including a 14-year-old boy were killed by Israeli fire on Friday on the Gaza border, as clashes erupted with security forces during protests, the enclave’s health ministry said. Read more

Since last March, at least 191 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, the majority during border protests.

Smaller numbers have been hit by airstrikes or tank fire, according to AFP.

The protests are demanding the right of Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to their homes, now in Israel.

Israel says any such mass return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state and accuses Hamas who controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests.