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3 killed in shootout with Israeli forces near Nablus

The three belonged to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades terror group. Israeli forces also demolished a bomb lab during the raid.

Israeli forces conduct a counter-terror raid in Judea and Samaria as part of "Operation Breaking the Wave." Credit: IDF.
Israeli forces conduct a counter-terror raid in Judea and Samaria as part of "Operation Breaking the Wave." Credit: IDF.

Three Palestinians were killed overnight Sunday during an exchange of fire with Israeli forces in Balata near Nablus in Samaria, according to Palestinian sources.

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry identified the fatalities as Mohammad Bilal Zeitoun, 32, Fathi Jihad Rizq, 30 and Abdullah Yousef Abu Hamdan, 24.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, which is linked to P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction, claimed the three as members and said they were killed while battling Israeli forces.

An officer was lightly hurt during the raid, the Israel Defense Forces said. He was treated for a shrapnel wound and released from hospital.

Three Palestinian suspects were arrested, and several M-16 rifles were confiscated, along with ammunition and other military equipment, according to the military.

Additionally, Israeli forces destroyed a bomb laboratory containing tens of kilograms of explosives. 

Three terror suspects were also arrested in a separate operation in Jenin, during which Palestinian gunmen engaged Israeli forces, according to the IDF

Seven additional terror suspects were arrested across Judea and Samaria.

Earlier on Sunday, an Israeli soldier was lightly injured in a car-ramming attack in the Palestinian-controlled village of Huwara, located near Nablus.

The Israeli military launched a search for the terrorist, who fled the scene.

The victim was evacuated in stable condition to Rabin Medical Center’s Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

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