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Palestinian militants in a West Bank refugee camp shot and killed two alleged collaborators with Israel early Saturday, Palestinian officials said.
Mobs then kicked the bloodied corpses and dragged them through alleys before trying to tie them to an electrical tower.
The scenes, widely shared on social media, were reminiscent of the chaos in the West Bank during two Palestinian uprisings against Israeli rule that erupted in 1987 and 2000, each lasting several years. During those periods of heightened conflict, there were frequent killings of alleged informers, at times with bodies displayed in public.
Israeli military raids and Palestinian militancy in the West Bank have surged since Israel mounted its offensive in Gaza in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage through southern Israel.
Over 230 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank in the past seven weeks, most of them during Israeli army raids targeting militants.
A Palestinian security officer said a local militant group in the camp, in the northern town of Tulkarem, accused two Palestinians of helping Israeli security forces target the group in a major army raid that killed three key militants on Nov. 6.
The two alleged informers were in their late 20s and early 30s, respectively, and one was from the camp, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
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