RAMALLAH, WEST BANK (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians, including two security officers, in a shootout that erupted in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin during what appeared to be an Israeli arrest raid overnight, Palestinian officials said yesterday.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) coordinate security operations in the territory against Hamas and other militant groups seen as a threat to both of them. The coordination has contributed to mounting anger at the PA among Palestinians.
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called a “dangerous Israeli escalation”, saying the three were killed by Israeli special forces who disguise themselves as Arabs during arrest raids.
The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, called on the international community and the United States (US) to intervene to halt such attacks.
The Israeli military and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Israeli media reported that special forces went into Jenin to arrest two operatives from the militant group when they came under fire.
One of the Palestinian suspects was killed, in addition to the two security officers, the media reports said.