Three Palestinians, Including Two Officers, Killed by Israeli Fire in West Bank

Firefight broke out when an Israeli special anti-terror unit arrived in Jenin to arrest two Islamic Jihad operatives suspected of shooting at IDF forces

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Israeli Border Police in the Jenin area in May.
Israeli Border Police in the Jenin area in May.Credit: Raneen Sawafta / Reuters

Two Palestinian intelligence officials were killed by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank in the early hours of Thursday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Adham Aliwi, 23, and Taisir Aisa, 33, were shot by Israeli Border Police's special anti-terror unit, or Yamam in Hebrew. Both served in the Palestinian intelligence headquarters in Jenin, where the incident occurred.

Video of the shooting in JeninCredit: Jack Khoury

Israeli sources said the force didn't know intelligence officers were there.

Jenin Governor Akran al-Rajoub said Palestinian security forces had no prior information or coordination regarding the entry of Israeli forces into Jenin, but Israeli security officials said the raid was coordinated with the Palestinians.

It remains unclear at what point the Israeli unit informed the Palestinians of the operation.

The Border Police said in a statement that the Yamam intended to arrest two Islamic jihad operatives who were suspected of shooting at Israeli army forces in recent months.

The Palestinian intelligence officials killed: Adham Aliwi and Taisir Aisa

One suspect, Jamil al-Amouri, was killed and another, Wisam Abu Zeid, was wounded.

According to the Border Police, Al-Amouri was involved in a shooting attack.

The Border Police said in a statement that a firefight broke out when the Yamam forces tried to arrest Al-Amouri and Abu Zeid. It added that other armed individuals who were at the scene started to shoot at the Yamam forces.

A general strike was announced in Jenin Thursday following the incident. In an interview with Radio Ashams, Governor Rajoub called the incident "very serious."

The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement condemning the killing of the tree Palestinians.

Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that "the continued actions of Israeli authorities, the crude violations of the rights of the Palestinian people and the daily acts of killing, including what happened today in Jenin, represent a clear violation of international law and will raise tensions."

Abu Rudeineh said Israel bears responsibility for this escalation and its implications, and the international community must provide protection for the Palestinian people.

He also mentioned the continued construction of settlements and what he called "continued provocations" on the part of settlers.

Abu Rudeineh urged the Biden administration to pressure Israel to prevent a deterioration of the situation "while it is still possible."

The relationship between Palestinian security forces and the Israeli army is based on well-known procedures and rules, including close coordination between the two parties.

An event of this nature is highly unusual since Palestinian security officials typically try to avoid confrontations with the IDF, particularly during Israeli military operations in Palestinian cities.

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