Israeli forces kill three Palestinians in West Bank

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Palestinian men check bloodstains left on the ground in the area where Israeli forces killed three Islamic Jihad militants when they came under fire, on April 2, 2022, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. (Photo: AFP)
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM  — Israeli occupation forces killed three Palestinian men when they came under fire Saturday during a raid in the occupied West Bank, Israel said.اضافة اعلان

The Palestinians killed were members of the Islamic Jihad militant group.

According to Israeli forces, they were killed after they had opened fire during an operation to arrest them near the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Four Israeli soldiers were wounded.

Israeli forces sad they had intercepted "a terrorist cell on its way to an attack, and stopped the car in which they were traveling between Jenin and Tulkarem.”

The Islamic Jihad, which is based in Gaza, confirmed the "death of our three hero fighters" from the West Bank, identifying them as Saeb Abahra, Khalil Tawalbeh, and Seif Abu Labdeh.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said they were slain in an "extrajudicial killing" and "horrible crime".

Israel's leaders "must stop committing crimes and violations against our Palestinian people, respond to their legitimate rights to freedom and independence, end the occupation, and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital", he said, quoted by the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The bloodshed comes amid heightened tensions ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that has seen violence spiral in Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Last year during Ramadan, violence that flared between Israeli forces and Palestinians visiting Al-Aqsa Mosque in annexed East Jerusalem led to a devastating 11-day Israeli war on Gaza.

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