Israeli troops kill three Palestinians

Israeli soldiers have killed two Palestinians in the West Bank, after a standoff there, and a third Palestinian in Gaza.

    An Israeli offensive has left 180 Palestinians dead in Gaza

    An Israeli army spokeswoman said that two Islamic Jihad fighters were shot and killed on Friday when they resisted arrest and shot at soldiers from within a cave where they were hiding.

    The shooting occurred near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

    Later on Friday, Israeli troops also fired at a group of Palestinians near Gaza's border with Israel, killing one fighter and wounding a second, Palestinian medical officials said.

    Palestinian security officials said the men were members of Islamic Jihad.

    The group confirmed that a 19-year-old member was killed.

    The army said it fired at two Palestinians who were engaging in "suspicious activity" near Gaza's border fence with Israel.

    Also on Friday, three Palestinians from the armed wing of the governing Hamas movement died in the West Bank city of Jenin while they were preparing a bomb, local security officials said.
       
    The Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades described the men as engineers, the term it uses for bomb-makers.
       
    Earlier, an Israeli air strike destroyed a building in the Gaza Strip where the army said armed groups were making rockets, wounding at least one.

    Violence has continued in the West Bank and Gaza Strip while Israel has also been fighting Hezbollah in Lebanon. A five-day-old ceasefire in the war in Lebanon has largely held.

    The current Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, which aims to recover a captured soldier and stop cross-border rocket fire, has so far killed about 180 Palestinians.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    Learn what India's parties' symbols mean by drawing them

    More than 2,300 political parties have registered for the largest electoral exercise in the world.

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Visualising every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

    Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of Arab states have launched more than 19,278 air raids across Yemen.

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    Why did Bush go to war in Iraq?

    No, it wasn't because of WMDs, democracy or Iraqi oil. The real reason is much more sinister than that.