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Two Israelis shot dead in West Bank: First responders

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A gunman opened fire at a gas station in the occupied West Bank Thursday, killing two Israeli men, the army and medics said, the latest flash of unrest in the area as war rages in Gaza.

“We performed medical tests, but... in a short time we had to determine their death,” the emergency response service Magen David Adom said of the shooting near the Eli settlement in the Palestinian territory.

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“A short while ago, a terrorist arrived at a gas station in Eli and opened fire. The terrorist was neutralized,” the army said, adding troops were pursuing other suspects in the area.

The incident occurred at the same gas station in Eli where four Israelis were shot dead by three Palestinian attackers in June last year.

Thursday’s shooting came days after three Palestinian men killed one Israeli and wounded several others, including a young pregnant woman, near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim.

Violence has surged in the West Bank since the war in Gaza erupted on October 7 after Hamas militants carried out an unprecedented attack on Israel.

Since the Gaza war broke out, at least 403 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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Palestinian militants have also carried out numerous attacks against Israeli troops and civilians in Israel and the West Bank, killing at least 17, according to Israeli figures.

Israel captured the West Bank -- including east Jerusalem, which it later unilaterally annexed -- in the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.

The Palestinians claim the territory along with the war-torn Gaza Strip for their future independent state.

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