By Sarah Leah WhitsonPosted May 06, 2019 06:02:56An Israeli soldier is seen as he stands guard at a checkpoint near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, April 15, 2020.
Israel’s army is investigating claims that Palestinians in the northern Israeli city of Nablus were “loved” by the Israeli military after they were captured and killed by Israeli forces on Friday.
The Israeli army said the soldiers were attacked by Palestinians who had captured them during the clashes in Nabluk on Friday afternoon, but said it was not clear whether they were killed or injured.
The soldiers were wounded in the clashes, which began after Israeli soldiers opened fire on a group of Palestinian protesters in the town of Ramallah.
The army said it would investigate the allegations and “take appropriate action.”
An Israeli army spokesman said the investigation was ongoing.
“We have opened an investigation into this incident,” said spokesman Lt.
Col. Peter Lerner.
“We will take all necessary action against those who are responsible.”
A statement from the Palestinian Ministry of the Interior, meanwhile, said the incident occurred in Nabak, where the army said an Israeli soldier had been shot and killed in the face and chest.
The ministry said a Palestinian man had also been shot, but did not give further details.
The Palestinian government condemned the killing and said it “welcomes” the army’s actions.
The incident came a day after Israeli forces opened fire and killed three Palestinians, including a woman, in the West Bank village of Hebron.
It came amid a wave of attacks by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians in recent weeks, which the Israeli government blames on Palestinian militants who seek to expand their hold over the occupied West Bank.