JENIN, West Bank — 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 looked as if it might in all probability perchance be an Israeli arrest raid overnight, Palestinian officials said Thursday.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority coordinate security operations in the territory against Hamas and varied militant groups viewed as a threat to both of them. The coordination has contributed to mounting anger at the PA amongst Palestinians.
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he known as a “uncertain Israeli escalation,” saying the three were killed by Israeli special forces who disguise themselves as Arabs during arrest raids. The spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, known as on the international community and the US to intervene to finish such attacks.
The Israeli armed forces and police didn’t instantly respond to requests for observation. Israeli media reported that special forces went into Jenin to arrest two operatives from the Islamic Jihad militant neighborhood when they got here under fire. One in all the Palestinian suspects used to be killed, in addition to the two security officers, the media stories said.
There were no stories of any Israeli casualties.
The PA said the two officers who were killed, Adham Aliwi, 23, and Tayseer Issa, 33, were participants of its armed forces intelligence force. Islamic Jihad identified the third man as Jamil Alamouri, one of its warring parties.
Online video appears to be to point to Palestinian officers taking camouflage behind a vehicle as gunshots are heard in the background. One shouts that they are exchanging fire with Israeli “undercover” forces.
Below interim peace agreements signed in the 1990s, the Palestinian Authority has puny autonomy in scattered enclaves that together non-public up round 40% of the occupied West Bank. Hamas drove its forces out of Gaza in 2007 when the Islamic militant neighborhood seized energy.
Israel has overarching security authority in the West Bank and routinely carries out arrest raids in Palestinian cities and towns administered by the PA.
Abbas known as off the first Palestinian elections in 15 years in April when it looked his fractured Fatah social gathering would undergo one other embarrassing defeat to Hamas, and he used to be largely sidelined during last month’s Gaza battle.
Abbas is dedicated to a negotiated solution that might perchance non-public a Palestinian insist in the occupied West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza, which Israel seized in the 1967 Mideast battle. Nonetheless there were no substantive peace negotiations in greater than a decade.