Middle East conflict: 2 Palestinians killed, more than 100 injured in West Bank unrest

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Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians with tear gas canisters, plastic and real bullets during a protest against Israeli attacks in Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.
Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians with tear gas canisters, plastic and real bullets during a protest against Israeli attacks in Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.
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Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank on Friday, including one who attempted to stab a soldier, as clashes injured more than 100 people in the occupied territory.

Violence on Fridays in the West Bank is a traditional facet of the long running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the fresh unrest comes as Israel is engaged in major hostilities with Palestinian armed groups in Gaza.

Israel's army said it "neutralised" an assailant who attempted to stab at soldier at a military post in Ofra, north of Ramallah.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the man's death and that of a second man it said was shot dead by Israeli troops near Jenin.

There have been daily clashes in the West Bank since Monday, when the conflict in Gaza escalated after the territory's rulers, Hamas, fired rockets towards Jerusalem.

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The Palestinian Red Crescent said Friday's West Bank clashes, affecting multiple locations, had left more than 100 people wounded, including from tear gas and rubber bullets.

Amid the surge in West Bank violence, the Gaza conflict raged on Friday, with Israeli forces continuing a bombing campaign in response to Palestinian rocket fire.

Since Monday, more than 1 800 rockets have been at Israel by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other armed groups.

Israel has responded with air and artillery strikes on more than 600 targets in the blockaded enclave.

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