According to authorities, three Palestinian militants were killed by Israeli troops in a gunfight early Saturday in the occupied West Bank, sparking worries of further escalation of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to Israeli media, four members of an Israeli police counter-terrorism squad were injured, one of them critically. As they attempted to apprehend suspected militants in the northern West Bank, the troops came under fire.

 

Tensions have risen in recent days following the deaths of 11 Israelis by Palestinian assailants in separate incidents around the country. Ramadan, a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayer, and religious devotion for hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, begins on Saturday. Ramadan has historically been a time of increased tension and confrontation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

The three militants were members of a group that had been involved in recent attacks against Israeli forces, according to Israeli police, and were planning another attack that was foiled during a combined operation with the military and intelligence early Saturday.

 

Witnesses on social media posted live videos of a crowd of Palestinians viewing the scene of the confrontations near Jenin after Israeli troops retreated. The street was strewn with blood smears, and the guys screamed anti-revenge chants.

Israeli forces reportedly confiscated the militants’ bodies, according to Palestine TV.

 

More Israeli forces have been dispatched to the West Bank in recent days in reaction to recent Palestinian attacks, for intensified searches, patrols, and arrest raids.

 

Seven Palestinians have been killed in three days, including two in a gunbattle on Thursday and one after stabbing and wounding an Israeli on a bus in the West Bank.

 

During riots that occurred after mosque prayers in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, a Palestinian man was murdered Israeli forces. According to the Israeli military, a Palestinian who threw a firebomb at them was shot.

 

Several hundred Jewish settlers dwell in the center of Hebron, a city of more than 200,000 Palestinians and home to a major holy site significant to both Jews and Muslims, under intense military protection.

 

Also on Friday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said 36 Palestinians were injured in weekly clashes with Israeli authorities around the West Bank. Israeli troops, who employ tear gas, rubber bullets, and live fire, are frequently targeted by protesters who throw rocks and firebombs. According to the Red Crescent, 33 of the injured were hit by rubber bullets and three by live rounds on Friday.

 

Authorities reported more than 30,000 people attended Friday prayers on the eve of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site. There were no protests or acts of violence reported.

 

For Jews, the summit on which the mosque stands is the holiest place, known as the Temple Mount, and it has been a regular flashpoint in the century-old struggle.

 

In recent weeks, Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian leaders have had a flurry of discussions, and Israel has made a series of goodwill gestures, all in the hopes of defusing tensions ahead of Ramadan.

 

They are hoping to avoid a recurrence of last year’s Ramadan protests and riots, which sparked an 11-day Gaza conflict and Jewish-Arab bloodshed in Israel’s mixed communities.

According to authorities, three Palestinian militants were killed by Israeli troops in a gunfight early Saturday in the occupied West Bank, sparking worries of further escalation of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to Israeli media, four members of an Israeli police counter-terrorism squad were injured, one of them critically. As they attempted to apprehend suspected militants in the northern West Bank, the troops came under fire.

 

Tensions have risen in recent days following the deaths of 11 Israelis by Palestinian assailants in separate incidents around the country. Ramadan, a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayer, and religious devotion for hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, begins on Saturday. Ramadan has historically been a time of increased tension and confrontation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

The three militants were members of a group that had been involved in recent attacks against Israeli forces, according to Israeli police, and were planning another attack that was foiled during a combined operation with the military and intelligence early Saturday.

 

Witnesses on social media posted live videos of a crowd of Palestinians viewing the scene of the confrontations near Jenin after Israeli troops retreated. The street was strewn with blood smears, and the guys screamed anti-revenge chants.

Israeli forces reportedly confiscated the militants’ bodies, according to Palestine TV.

 

More Israeli forces have been dispatched to the West Bank in recent days in reaction to recent Palestinian attacks, for intensified searches, patrols, and arrest raids.

 

Seven Palestinians have been killed in three days, including two in a gunbattle on Thursday and one after stabbing and wounding an Israeli on a bus in the West Bank.

 

During riots that occurred after mosque prayers in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, a Palestinian man was murdered Israeli forces. According to the Israeli military, a Palestinian who threw a firebomb at them was shot.

 

Several hundred Jewish settlers dwell in the center of Hebron, a city of more than 200,000 Palestinians and home to a major holy site significant to both Jews and Muslims, under intense military protection.

 

Also on Friday, the Palestinian Red Crescent said 36 Palestinians were injured in weekly clashes with Israeli authorities around the West Bank. Israeli troops, who employ tear gas, rubber bullets, and live fire, are frequently targeted by protesters who throw rocks and firebombs. According to the Red Crescent, 33 of the injured were hit by rubber bullets and three by live rounds on Friday.

 

Authorities reported more than 30,000 people attended Friday prayers on the eve of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa mosque in east Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site. There were no protests or acts of violence reported.

 

For Jews, the summit on which the mosque stands is the holiest place, known as the Temple Mount, and it has been a regular flashpoint in the century-old struggle.

 

In recent weeks, Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian leaders have had a flurry of discussions, and Israel has made a series of goodwill gestures, all in the hopes of defusing tensions ahead of Ramadan.

 

They are hoping to avoid a recurrence of last year’s Ramadan protests and riots, which sparked an 11-day Gaza conflict and Jewish-Arab bloodshed in Israel’s mixed communities.

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