At least three Palestinians killed, including two intelligence officers, in a predewn Israeli raid in the city of Jenin, occupy the West Bank.
Israeli forces have killed at least three Palestinians, including two Palestinian Authority (PA) military intelligence officers, in a predewn raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, authorities said Thursday. Palestinians.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health has identified the two officers as Adham Yasser Alawi, 23, and Tayseer Issa, 32, the Palestinian news agency Wafa said the third victim was Jamil al-Amuri, who had been killed. imprisoned in Israeli prisons.
Another Palestinian officer, Muhammad al-Bazour, 23, was critically injured during the Israeli mission and was transferred to an Israeli hospital, according to Wafa.
An online video that the Associated Press had access to appears to show Palestinian officers standing behind a vehicle while guns are heard in the background. One shouts that they are exchanging fire with Israeli forces “undercover”.
Israeli media reported that al-Amuri was a former prisoner and member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but this has not yet been confirmed by Palestinian officials.
Reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera said the incident was “an undercover operation on a civilian vehicle.”
“The understanding is that they (Israeli forces) have targeted at least one member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
“One guy was killed in that operation, and another was wounded and taken away by Israeli forces. The man who was killed is believed to be a member of the PIJ,” Fawcett said.
According to reports, the second man to be removed was a Palestinian man named Wissam Abu Zaid. He was arrested during the operation.
‘Dangerous Israeli escalation’
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned what he called a “dangerous Israeli escalation”, saying the three were killed by Israeli special forces disguised as Palestinians during the arrest raids.
The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaina, called on the international community and the United States to intervene to stop such attacks.
There are contrasting reports on the details of the incident.
The Israeli army and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, an Israeli official told the Reuters news agency anonymously that Palestinian officials had been killed in the blaze.
“Field witnesses say Israeli forces also shot at members of the Palestinian military intelligence – officers who were here near the scene, outside their own security building,” Fawcett told Al Jazeera.
“Israeli media are talking about Israelis returning fire in their direction, but all that has happened is that two of these military intelligence officers have been killed and a third has been critically wounded and taken to an Israeli hospital accordingly.
“This is another example of Palestinian military intelligence officers killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank,” he added.
Under an interim peace agreement signed in the 1990s, the PA has limited autonomy in scattered enclaves that together make up about 40 percent of the occupied West Bank. Israel has a top security authority in the West Bank and routinely conducts arrest raids on Palestinian cities administered by the PA.
Under the Oslo Accords of 1993, the PA is forced to share information with Israel about any armed resistance to the Israeli occupation in a practice known as “security coordination,” that was briefly suspended last year following the Israeli plan to annex the occupied West Bank.
Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, has criticized the AP for so-called “security coordination.” Several Hamas members have been arrested because of the PA’s cooperation with Israeli authorities.
Israeli forces often make arrest raids in the occupied West Bank. On May 25, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian during such an incursion near Ramallah.
Palestinian media have said that after the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Jenin, Israel has put in place reinforcements at the northern entrance to the Palestinian city.
Funeral processions will be held later Thursday for the three Palestinian men who were killed. There have also been calls for a general strike in Palestinian cities.
The incident comes weeks after a fragile peace was agreed after an 11-day Israeli war on besieged Gaza, leaving more than 250 Palestinians dead, including 66 children.
At least 12 people have been killed in Israel in rocket attacks carried out by Palestinian armed factions.