2 Israelis wounded in attack in Ashdod

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JERUSALEM – Two Israelis sustained gunshot wounds Tuesday after being attacked  by unknown assailants in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, Israeli police has said.

“Two Israelis were wounded Tuesday evening by gunshots in downtown Ashdod,” Israel’s army radio quoted a police source as saying.

Police are currently investigating the incident to find out the circumstances and pursue the culprits.

The victims were admitted into hospital for treatment, according to Israeli news outlet Ynet news.

Recent months have seen an uptick in violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, which has led to deaths and injuries on both sides.

Several Israelis have been killed or injured amid increasingly frequent Palestinian attacks.

Israeli forces, meanwhile, continued to carry out raids on West Bank villages, frequently rounding up groups of young Palestinian men on claims they are “wanted” by Israeli authorities.