Three Palestinians were killed today by Israeli forces in Jaba, a small town south of Jenin, in the north of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
According to Israeli forces, troops raided the village of Jaba to arrest suspects wanted for attacks on military personnel.
The suspects opened fire on Israeli troops, who responded by fatally shooting three Palestinians, all members of the Islamic Jihad militant group, police said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the men as Sufyan Fakhoury, 26, Nayef Malaisha, 25 and Ahmed Fashafsha, 22, and said they were shot by Israelis during the military operation.
The Islamic Jihad group said it opened fire and hurled explosives at Israeli troops after the death of its commander Fakhoury, a former prisoner held by Israel.
In recent months, the village of Jaba has been home to a group of militants, disillusioned Palestinian youth who have taken up arms against the Israeli occupation.
The group is part of a larger trend of emerging armed groups across the West Bank that challenge the Palestinian Authority and claim no ties to any particular political party.
The past two months have been marked by escalating violence across the West Bank.
Earlier in the week, at least six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp.