Palestinians say Israeli forces kill 3 in West Bank raid
Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in what appeared to be an overnight Israeli arrest raid, officials said Thursday. Palestinian officials.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority coordinate security operations in the territory against Hamas and other militant groups. The coordination has contributed to growing anger against the Palestinian Authority among the Palestinians.
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called “a dangerous Israeli escalation”, saying the three men were killed by Israeli special forces who disguised themselves as Arabs in arrest raids.
Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called on the international community and the United States to intervene to end such attacks.
The Israeli army and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Israeli media reported that special forces traveled to Jenin to arrest two members of the “Islamic Jihad” militant group when they came under fire. One of the Palestinian suspects was killed, in addition to the two security agents, media reported.
No Israeli casualties were reported.
Video online appears to show Palestinian officers taking cover behind a vehicle as gunshots are heard in the background. One of them shouts that they are exchanging fire with Israeli “secret” forces. The Palestinian Authority said the two officers were members of its military intelligence force.
Under the interim peace accords signed in the 1990s, the Palestinian Authority has limited autonomy in scattered enclaves that together make up about 40% of the occupied West Bank. Hamas drove its forces from Gaza in 2007 when the militant group seized power.
Israel has the supreme security authority in the West Bank and regularly carries out arrest raids in Palestinian towns administered by the Palestinian Authority.