Israel has killed two Palestinian youths in the increasingly violent West Bank, the Palestinian Authority said News Fin

In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed two teenage Palestinians on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Authority's health ministry. As fighting continues in Gaza, conflict has also escalated in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army said that two people who attacked soldiers were killed.

– One of the terrorists tried to stab IDF (Israeli Army) soldiers in the area. They opened fire and neutralized him. At the same time, another terrorist opened fire on the soldiers, according to a statement issued by the army.

According to the Israeli Armed Forces, the second attacker was also “neutralized”. The Health Ministry said the deceased were 18 and 19 years old. According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, the shooting took place at the entrance to the village of Beit Enun near Hebron.

At least 14 people were killed in an Israeli operation on the Noor Shams refugee camp in the West Bank, the Palestinian Red Cross said on Saturday. The Israeli military said it had shot and killed ten militants.

Violence in the West Bank has been on the rise over the past two years, especially since the Gaza war was sparked by an Oct. 7 attack on Israel by the militant group Hamas. Since the start of the war, Israeli troops and Israeli settlers have killed more than 480 Palestinians in the West Bank, according to the health ministry.

According to Israel, at least 19 Israelis have died in Palestinian attacks during the same period.

About 490,000 Israeli settlers live in the occupied West Bank. Settlements in the area are against international law.

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Israel invited diplomats to negotiate

Israel said over the weekend that it had invited ambassadors from countries that voted in favor of full UN membership for the Palestinians for interviews. Sunday's talks were reported by a representative of the Israeli Foreign Ministry's news service In X. He referred to these meetings as protest talks.

The United States, Israel's closest ally, blocked the Palestinian Authority's efforts to become a full member of the UN through its veto power in the UN Security Council. 12 of the Council's 15 member states supported membership. Britain and Switzerland did not participate in the referendum.

– Ambassadors from France, Japan, South Korea, Malta, Slovakia and Ecuador will be invited for interviews and will be strongly opposed, Oran Marmorstein said.

According to an Israeli ministry representative, a similar protest will be made to other countries that have voted for full UN membership for the Palestinians.

– The clear message delivered to the ambassadors: a political gesture to the Palestinians and a call to recognize the Palestinian state – half a year after the October 7 massacre – Marmorstein wrote that the reward for terrorism. Israel by the terrorist organization Hamas.

The Palestinian Authority is reviewing its relations with the United States

After the Security Council vote, the Palestinian Authority said it would review relations with the veto-wielding United States.

Algeria, which submitted the proposal to the Security Council, considered the denial of membership humiliating.

The United States believes that the acceptance of the Palestinian Authority, and at the same time the recognition of a Palestinian state, should take place through negotiations with Israel, not at the UN.

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– The US continues to strongly support a two-state solution, US Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood said after Thursday's vote.

The Palestinian Authority has been an observer member of the UN for more than a decade. It had previously tried to become a full member of the UN.

New members of the UN must be approved by a two-thirds majority first by the Security Council and then by the UN General Assembly.

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