JERUSALEM — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinian militants Sunday who opened hearth on troops within the occupied West Bank, the navy mentioned, the newest bloodshed in a year-long wave of violence within the area.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah social gathering, claimed the lads killed as members.
The Palestinian Health Ministry mentioned the lads had been killed by Israeli hearth close to the town of Nablus and recognized them as Jihad Mohammed al-Shami, 24, Uday Othman al-Shami, 22 and Mohammed Raed Dabeek, 18.
The navy mentioned it confiscated three M16 rifles from the militants after the shootout and that one gunman turned himself in and was arrested.
The deaths Sunday convey to 80 the variety of Palestinians killed for the reason that begin of the 12 months, as Israel has stepped up arrest raids within the West Bank. A spasm of Palestinian assaults towards Israelis has killed 14 folks in 2023.
The contemporary violence follows an Israeli navy raid final week on the West Bank village of Jaba, the place three Palestinian militants had been killed. Hours later, a Palestinian gunman opened hearth on a busy Tel Aviv thoroughfare at first of the Israeli weekend, wounding three folks earlier than being shot and killed.
The present spherical of violence is among the worst between Israelis and Palestinians within the West Bank in years. It started final spring after a collection of Palestinian assaults towards Israelis that triggered near-nightly Israeli raids within the West Bank.
Nearly 150 Palestinians had been killed within the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 2022, making it the deadliest 12 months in these areas since 2004, in accordance with the main Israeli rights group B’Tselem. Palestinian assaults towards Israelis throughout that very same time killed 30 folks.
The navy says a lot of the Palestinians killed had been militants. But stone-throwing youths protesting the incursions and others not concerned in confrontations have additionally been killed.
Israel says the raids are important to dismantle militant networks and stop future assaults. But assaults look like intensifying somewhat than slowing down.
The Palestinians view the raids as a tightening by Israel of its 55-year, open-ended occupation of lands they search for his or her future state.
Israel captured the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem within the 1967 Mideast conflict. The Palestinians search these territories for his or her future unbiased state.