Palestinians report – 2 officers killed in a shootout by Israeli forces in West Bank
Two Palestinian intelligence officers have been killed by Israeli special forces during a raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials say. The Israeli forces, some undercover, entered Jenin overnight to arrest two Palestinians suspected of recent attacks, according to Israeli media. The Palestinian officers were shot dead after they witnessed the raid and reportedly opened fire at the Israelis.
A Palestinian man identified as one of the suspects was also killed. The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) co-ordinates security with Israel and clashes between their forces during such operations are rare. Palestinian officials named the two officers who were killed as Adham Alawi and Taysir Issa. Both were members of the PA’s military intelligence department in Jenin.
An Israeli security source said that a Palestinian gunman was killed. The source said Israeli special forces, some undercover, went into the town to detain gunmen suspected of having recently attacked Israeli troops. The sides exchanged fire, resulting in the killing of one gunman and wounding of another, who was detained, the source said. Palestinian security officers, summoned from a nearby compound by the gunfire, shot at the Israelis, the source said.
Israeli raids in West Bank areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority are common and they are usually meant to arrest wanted Palestinians. However, clashes with the Palestinian forces are rare as such operations are believed to be coordinated between the two sides.