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Israeli forces kill three Palestinian guerrillas

| 3.4.22 |
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Israeli forces kill three Palestinian guerrillas

 The incident raises fears of a further escalation of violence during the holy month of Ramadan. Israeli media said four members of the counter-terrorism unit of the Israeli police were injured, one of them seriously. Troops have come under fire as they try to arrest suspected militants in the northern West Bank. As AFP reported, tensions have risen in recent days, after Palestinian attackers killed 11 Israelis in separate attacks across the country. Saturday 2 April marks the beginning of Ramadan.

 In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ramadan is often a period of increased friction and confrontation. Israeli police said the three insurgents were members of a cell involved in the recent attack on Israeli forces and planning another attack that was thwarted during a joint operation Saturday morning with the military and intelligence. Live video by witnesses on social media shows a group of Palestinians inspecting the site of clashes near the city of Jenin, after Israeli troops withdrew. The streets were stained with blood and people were shouting slogans calling for revenge. 

Palestinian TV reported that Israeli forces confiscated the bodies of the militants. In response to recent Palestinian attacks, more Israeli troops have been dispatched to the West Bank in recent days to increase search, patrol and arrest attacks. With Saturday's deaths, seven Palestinians have been killed over three days, including two in Thursday's shootout and one after he stabbed and injured an Israeli on a bus in the West Bank. 

On Friday, a Palestinian man was killed by troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, during clashes that erupted after mosque prayers. The Israeli military said its troops shot a Palestinian who threw a firebomb at them. Several hundred Jewish settlers live under tight military protection in the heart of Hebron, a city of more than 200,000 Palestinians and home to a major holy site sacred to both Jews and Muslims. 

At the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site, authorities said more than 30,000 people attended Friday prayers on the eve of Ramadan. There were no reports of protests or violence. The hilltop where the mosque is located is the holiest site for Jews, who call it the Temple Mount, and has been a flashpoint of frequent conflict for a century. The leaders of Israel, Palestine and Jordan have held numerous talks in recent weeks, and Israel has made a series of goodwill gestures, all aimed at calming tensions ahead of Ramadan. They hope to avoid a repeat of last year, when protests and clashes in Jerusalem during Ramadan sparked the 11-day Gaza war and Jewish-Arab violence in Israel's mixed cities.


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