Jerusalem, Sep 26 (EFE).- Five Palestinians were killed and two Israeli soldiers were severely injured on Sunday as clashes erupted during a series of raids in the West Bank, official sources announced.
“During the early morning, a joint operation was carried out by the Army, the Internal Intelligence Service and the Police,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Efe.
The operation aimed at “disrupting a Hamas terrorist cell that operated in the West Bank and planned to carry out a terrorist attack,” he added.
It was executed simultaneously in five West Bank points, including the Bidu area, where the security forces exchanged fire with a group of suspects, three of whom were killed and four were arrested according to the spokesperson.
The Palestinian state-run Wafa news agency identified the killed people as Ahmad Zahran, Mahoud Hmeidan and Zakaria Badwan.
In another bust in the Burqin region, two Palestinians were killed and two Israeli soldiers were injured in a shootout between an Israeli army elite unite, known for undercover operations, and a group of suspects and residents protested the raid.
The Islamic Jihad Movement said that one of the people killed in Burqin was one of its members, while the other was a member of the Al Aqsa Brigades, the military arm of the ruling Palestinian Fatah party.
The Islamist Hamas Movement on Sunday blamed the Palestinian National Authority, the West Bank ruler, for the deaths which came as a result of its cooperation with Israel on security matters.
“The blood of the dead will feed the Palestinian uprising against the occupation and our actions against it,” a Hamas spokesperson said.
This came after a Palestinian protester died yesterday in the northern West Bank, during a protest against the construction of an Israeli settlement. EFE