An Israeli military raid Wednesday on a hotel in the Israeli city of Jerusalem killed two Palestinians and wounded six, the military said.
The Israeli military said troops stormed the al-Kebir al-Shams hotel, located near the West Bank’s Old City, shortly after midnight after receiving information that two Palestinians were in the building.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said in a statement that the troops were searching for a Palestinian who had been kidnapped earlier in the day and that one of the soldiers, a private, and one of his colleagues were wounded.
The injured were treated at the scene by medics.
The attack was the latest in a string of violent incidents in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in recent weeks.
Palestinian militants have killed dozens of Israeli soldiers and police in the past two years, prompting the Israeli military to tighten security in the areas they control.
The Palestinians, who hold a large part of the West and Gaza, have rejected an Israeli demand that they hold a nationwide unity government, instead demanding a permanent Palestinian state.
Israel has launched a string or deadly military operations against Palestinians since the start of the year, with at least seven civilians killed in those attacks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.