Israeli troops have killed four Palestinian during clashes in a late-night raid to arrest a suspect in the occupied West Bank, local officials said.
“Two citizens arrived at the emergency department, shot by the Israeli army, and died shortly afterwards, succumbing to their injuries,” a source from the Jenin city hospital said, as quoted by local media.
An Israeli police spokesperson said that two of the other bodies were in Israeli custody, which Palestinian news agency Wafa reported as a “kidnapping.”
Wafa also reported that Israeli forces seriously injured a fifth person.
Meanwhile, none of the Israeli forces were injured, Israel said.
According to Israel’s border police, its forces “came under heavy fire from close range from a large number of terrorists” after entering the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank during an undercover operation.
Israeli police added that officers returned fire and “neutralized” the gunmen.
However, Palestinian news agency Maan reported that the Israeli forces opened fire after setting an ambush.
Senior Palestinian official Hussen Al Sheikh called the killings “a heinous crime” and that it “confirms the extreme right-wing policy of the new government in Israel, which continues to murder, build settlements, demolish homes, and has attempts to displace people.
“The international community should be ashamed of its silence about this and its failure to provide protection to the Palestinian people from this oppression,” Al Sheikh added.
According to the Israeli military, at least eight clashes have occurred between its forces and Palestinian gunmen in the last two months in the northern occupied West Bank.
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