3 Palestinians dead following gun battle with Israeli troops in West Bank

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Hundreds attend funeral of 3 Palestinian gunmen killed by Israeli army in Jenin
WATCH: Hundreds of Palestinians marched in a funeral procession for three Palestinian gunmen killed by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Friday, in what Israel described as the foiling of an attack, but the Palestinian leadership cast as a bid to hamstring next month's visit by U.S. President Joe Biden – Jun 17, 2022

Israeli forces shot dead three Palestinians and wounded at least eight others early Friday during a military operation in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. The military said its forces came under attack and exchanged fire with militants.

The Israeli military has 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 in a vehicle, the army said.

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Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, the military chief of staff, said in a speech that three militants were killed.

The military said the troops confiscated rifles, a submachine gun and other equipment 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.

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.

Click to play video: 'Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank'
Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war, and the Palestinians want it to form the main part of their future state. The last serious peace talks broke down more than a decade ago, leaving no end in sight to Israel’s 55-year-old military rule.


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