The sources said two of those killed are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s military wing identified as Bashar Hanani, the military wing’s commander in the Nablus area and Anas al-Sheikh. The third Palestinian killed was identified as Ahmad Jiushi, a member of the Fatah’s al-Aqsa Brigades.
Nablus operation (Photo: AP)
According to Palestinian sources, Hanani was responsible for a terror attack that left four Israelis dead at the Geha junction in central Israel two years ago.
A special Border Guard force encircled a structure in Nablus Thursday morning following an intelligence tip indicating wanted suspects were hiding there. During the operation, three suspects attempted to flee the scene and fired at troops, who shot back, killing the three Palestinians.
Sources in Nablus said a large military force is operating in the city with most activity taking place near the town’s prison. The sources said troops were encircling several houses in the area and reported exchanges of fire.
The Palestinians say three other suspects managed to flee the scene unharmed.
Palestinian sources in Nablus claimed an IDF force was preventing medical teams and journalists from approaching the area where troops were besieging a home. According to the reports, the forces were firing in the air in order to drive away ambulances from the area.
Meanwhile, IDF Central Command officials said the army has been operating against terror infrastructure in Nablus in light of the numerous terror warnings originating in the city.
Ali Waked contributed to the report