Three Palestinians were killed early Thursday by special Israeli forces who were on an arrest mission in the northern West Bank, sources on both sides said.
One of the Palestinians killed was suspected of carrying out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers, an Israeli security official said.
The other two were members of the Palestinian Authority security forces who witnessed the initial exchange of fire. An Israeli security official told AFP that special forces were in Jenin seeking “to arrest two terrorists who had carried out a shooting attack.
“One Palestinian who opened fire on the forces was shot dead,” he said.
The Palestinian health ministry identified him as Jamil Al-Amuri.
According to the Israeli source, Palestinians at the location “opened fire on Israeli forces following the initial incident,” and “two further Palestinians were killed” in the ongoing exchange.
Adham Eleiwi and Taysir Issa are members of the Palestinian Authority’s military intelligence department, according to Palestinian security officials. According to an Israeli official, no Israeli soldiers were injured in the incident.
Israeli forces frequently carry out arrest raids in the occupied West Bank. On May 25, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian during one such raid near Ramallah. The raid come 20 days after a ceasefire brokered by Egypt, between Israel and Hamas, following 11 days of violence