in

Israeli soldiers kill 3 Palestinians during West Bank gun battle

Israeli soldiers kill 3 Palestinians during West Bank gun battle


Israeli soldiers fatally shot three Palestinians, who were said to be armed, and wounded at least eight others early Friday during a gun battle in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israel military said its forces came under attack and exchanged fire with militants during a military operation in the town of Jenin.

Israeli forces have been carrying out near-daily raids in the occupied West Bank since a string of attacks earlier this year killed 19 people in Israel. Many of the arrest raids have been launched in and around Jenin, the hometown of several of the attackers.

The military said it raided two locations in search of weapons. At the first, it says soldiers fired back after Palestinians opened fire and hurled explosive devices at them. On their way to the second location, they exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen sitting in a vehicle, the army said.

Mourners react during the funeral of Baraa Lahlouh at his family home in Jenin.
AP
Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi confirmed the deaths of the three militants.
Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi confirmed the deaths of the three militants.
AP

Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, the military chief of staff, said in a speech that three militants were killed. They were identified as Laith Abu Srur, Baraa Lahlouh and Yousef Salah, according to reporting by Haaretz.

The military said the troops confiscated M-16 rifles, a “Carlo” submachine gun, ammunition and a tactical vest from inside the vehicle.

Heavy exchanges of gunfire could be heard in videos circulated on social media. Later, footage on social media showed a bullet-riddled vehicle with bloodstains and residents inspecting it.

Lahlouh's body is brought before his family.
Lahlouh’s body is brought before his family.
AP
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas described the killings of the militants as a "crime."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas described the killings of the militants as a “crime.”
AP

Hundreds of angry residents gathered outside a Jenin hospital after the overnight raid, chanting “God is greatest” and calling for revenge, before carrying the three bodies on stretchers through the town in a spontaneous funeral procession. The three were to be buried later Friday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas described the killings of the militants as a “crime,” which he noted took place ahead of President Biden’s visit to the region scheduled for next month.

A Hamas spokesperson also released a statement in the wake of the incident, saying: “The occupation will pay for its crimes. Jenin will remain unbreakable and will continue its resistance of the occupation.”

Lahlouh's family mourns over his body.
Lahlouh’s family mourns over his body.
AP

With Post wires



Read the Full Article Here nypost

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

1655486931 Joe Biden and cat head for beach with Jill Biden

Joe Biden and cat head for beach with Jill Biden

Vladimir Putin brushes off stupid sanctions slams West

Vladimir Putin brushes off ‘stupid’ sanctions, slams West