Three Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces in Jenin raid

West Bank    –   Three Palestinians were shot dead and 10 others wounded as Israeli forces raided Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

According to Health Ministry of Palestine sources, about 30 Israeli military vehicles raided Jenin in the early hours and surrounded a car, firing shots at four men sitting inside.

The three men were killed when the Israeli forces opened fire on a vehicle in which they were travelling, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa. “Fierce clashes” then ensued in the area, with Israeli troops firing at Palestinians, wounding 10, Wafa reported.  An eyewitness said a white vehicle riddled with bullet holes was in the area, where Israeli forces had stepped up operations in recent months. The photographer said he saw the bodies of the three men at the morgue in Jenin. They were identified as Yusef Salah, 23, Baraa Lahluh, 24, and Laith Abu Srur, 24, all from Jenin.

The Israeli army said in a statement that its troops had been conducting an operation in Jenin to search for weapons at two different locations.

The soldiers had come under fire as they arrived at the first location and they retaliated before identifying a suspicious vehicle on the side of the road on their way to the second location, it said.

“Shots were fired from the vehicle at the soldiers, who neutralised the terrorists who fired at them,” the army claimed, adding that they found weapons, including two M-16 assault rifles and cartridges at the scene.

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