According to reports from Palestinian sources, a midnight operation carried out by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank resulted in the deaths of three Palestinian combatants.
Muhammad Abu Zaytoun, age 32, Fathi Abu Rizk, age 30, and Abdullah Abu Hamdan, age 24, were identified as the three males who were slain at the Balata refugee camp in Nablus by the Palestinian health ministry in a statement released on Monday.
When reached by AFP, the Israeli army did not immediately comment on the situation.
In a statement, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, claimed that the three individuals were “fighters” for their organization.
According to eyewitnesses who spoke with AFP, Israeli police entered many homes in the camp during the night in an attempt to find individuals who were wanted by the army.
The camp was shaken up by gunfire and loud explosions, according to the witnesses, who also stated that a house was destroyed.
Since the conclusion of the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank.
There are around 490,000 Israelis living in settlements that are regarded as illegal under international law, along with the over three million Palestinians who call the area their home.
After a fight that lasted for five days across the Gaza border between Israel and the militant group Islamic Jihad, the most recent casualties have occurred barely over a week into a tenuous ceasefire in Gaza.
An Israeli soldier was mildly injured in a car-ramming attack on Sunday night in the town of Huwara near Nablus in the northern West Bank, according to the Israeli army, which added that the vehicle that committed the attack escaped the scene of the incident.
According to a tally that was made by the AFP using official sources from both the Israeli and Palestinian governments, at least 153 Palestinians, 20 Israelis, a Ukrainian, and an Italian have been murdered in violence that is linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the beginning of the year.
On the Palestinian side, they consist of both combatants and civilians, whereas on the Israeli side, they are predominantly civilians with the exception of three members of the Arab minority.