An Arab boy rides his bike next to the separation wall between the Israel and Palestine in east Jerusalem, on 23 August 2010. EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN/FILE

West Bank raid kills 2 Palestinians amid raging Gaza conflict

Jerusalem, May 13 (EFE).- Fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinians entered its fourth day on Saturday in Gaza, following failed attempts to bring peace.

Meanwhile, a military raid in the West Bank resulted in the deaths of two people, serving as a grim reminder of the volatile situation in the occupied territory.

Israeli aircraft hit Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip overnight, with Palestinian militants retaliating with fresh rocket fire in the morning.

The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces opened fire on a group of Palestinians at the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, killing two.

The ministry identified the slain Palestinians as Jihad Shaker Mashah, 32, and Wasim Yousef al Araj, 19.

The Israeli fire wounded three people, including two women, hit by bullets in the neck, abdomen, and thigh.

The conflict has claimed the lives of 114 Palestinians this year, including both militants and civilians, with 20 of them being minors.

Nineteen Israelis have lost their lives in Palestinian attacks, most of whom were settlers, including three minors.

The Israeli forces have launched a full-scale operation, named “Shield and Arrow,” against the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza.

The Israeli forces have launched a full-scale operation, codenamed “Shield and Arrow,” against the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza.

The operation has resulted in the deaths of 33 Palestinians in the last four days, including at least 15 civilians, out of which seven were minors.

In addition, an elderly Israel woman also lost her life due to the impact of rockets.

Numerous attempts to restore peace in the region have failed. On Friday night, Egyptian mediators proposed another ceasefire, which briefly halted the confrontations, raising hopes for peace.

According to Palestinian sources, the Islamic Jihad group, which has lost several of its top commanders in the operation, demanded that Israel stop the targeted killings of its leaders.

However, Israel withdrew from the truce plan hours before Egypt presented it because it did not want to comply with the Palestinian demand.

Additionally, the Islamic Jihad demanded that Israel return the body of Khader Adnan, a prominent group member who died during an 87-day hunger strike in an Israeli prison. EFE