Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinian militants in West Bank


JERUSALEM — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinian militants Sunday who opened hearth on troops within the occupied West Bank, the army stated, the newest bloodshed in a year-long wave of violence within the area.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah get together, claimed the lads killed as members.

The Palestinian Health Ministry stated the lads have been killed by Israeli hearth close to town of Nablus and recognized them as Jihad Mohammed al-Shami, 24, Uday Othman al-Shami, 22 and Mohammed Raed Dabeek, 18.

The army stated it confiscated three M16 rifles from the militants after the shootout and that one gunman turned himself in and was arrested.

The deaths Sunday convey to 80 the variety of Palestinians killed because the begin of the yr, as Israel has stepped up arrest raids within the West Bank. A spasm of Palestinian assaults in opposition to Israelis has killed 14 individuals in 2023.

The recent violence follows an Israeli army raid final week on the West Bank village of Jaba, the place three Palestinian militants have been killed. Hours later, a Palestinian gunman opened hearth on a busy Tel Aviv thoroughfare at the beginning of the Israeli weekend, wounding three individuals earlier than being shot and killed.

The present spherical of violence is likely one of the worst between Israelis and Palestinians within the West Bank in years. It started final spring after a sequence of Palestinian assaults in opposition to Israelis that triggered near-nightly Israeli raids within the West Bank.

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Nearly 150 Palestinians have been killed within the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 2022, making it the deadliest yr in these areas since 2004, in line with the main Israeli rights group B’Tselem. Palestinian assaults in opposition to Israelis throughout that very same time killed 30 individuals.

The army says many of the Palestinians killed have been militants. But stone-throwing youths protesting the incursions and others not concerned in confrontations have additionally been killed.

Israel says the raids are important to dismantle militant networks and forestall future assaults. But assaults look like intensifying slightly than slowing down.

The Palestinians view the raids as a tightening by Israel of its 55-year, open-ended occupation of lands they search for his or her future state.

Israel captured the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem within the 1967 Mideast struggle. The Palestinians search these territories for his or her future impartial state.

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