3 Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in West Bank

Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in the occupied West Bank yesterday, the Palestinian health ministry said, the latest deaths in a surge of violence in the territory since early last year.

“Three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli bullets in Nablus,” the ministry said. Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said the three were members of its armed wing.

The Israeli army said three “armed terrorists” had opened fire on its soldiers from a vehicle in a Nablus neighbourhood and the troops fired back “to neutralise” them.

The soldiers recovered three M-16 rifles, a gun, cartridges and other military equipment, the army said in a statement.

The Palestinian health ministry identified the dead as Nour al-Deen al-Ardah, 32, Montaser Salameh, 33, and Saad al-Kharaz, 43.

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