Three Palestinians, including two members of the security forces, were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli border police officers during an arrest in the Ciz Jordanian city of Jenin early this morning, official Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
The official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the dead as Adham Yaser Eleiwi, Tayser Ayasa and Jamel al Amori. The first two were members of the Palestinian Authority’s military intelligence service. An Israeli security official confirmed their deaths and identified al-Amori as a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and one of the targets of the arrest, which took place near the Palestinian intelligence headquarters.
In addition to al-Amori, who opened fire on the police officers, another Palestinian, also a suspected member of the group, who is in Israeli police custody, was seriously injured in the incident, an Israeli official said.
The Israeli police officers who took part in the operation were dressed as civilians and traveling in a private vehicle, which disturbed Palestinian intelligence officers with whom such operations are normally coordinated and who decided to intervene, according to the security official. This confusion triggered an armed confrontation that ended with the death of two Palestinian policemen. According to Wafa, a third was injured and is in the hospital. No police officers were injured on the Israeli side.
The incident comes after nearly two weeks of relative calm in the region, where tensions have increased in the past month, including an escalation of the war between Israel and the Gaza militia and several violent incidents in the West Bank.
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