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2 PA security officers suspected of terror, shot dead in clash with Israeli troops

Two Palestinian Authority military intelligence officers were reportedly shot dead Wednesday night in exchange for fire with Israeli forces operating in the northwest coast.

A third Palestinian, according to Jewish media sources believed to be members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, was also killed in the shooting.

According to Palestinian media, the exchange of fire began when Yamam Border Police counter-terrorism officers tried to arrest Palestinian terror suspects outside the PA’s military intelligence headquarters in Jenin.

Palestinian military intelligence officers on duty outside the Jenin complex of their service noticed that the arrest operation was taking place, with Israeli forces operating outside a civilian vehicle, and decided to engage.

It was not immediately clear whether PA officials were aware when they opened fire that the pursuing suspects were Israeli security forces.

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A senior commander of the PA security forces told the Palestinian news site Al Quds that the ISIS had not warned its troops about their arrest operation in Jenin some time ago.

Yamam officials responded with several rounds of their own, killing Lieutenant Adham Aliwi, 23, and Captain Taysir Issa, 33, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The Israeli undercover unit still managed to make two arrests during the operation, Palestinian media reported. Jewish media reports have identified two terror suspects who were the target of the operation, such as Jamil Al-Amuri and Wissam Abu Zayd, whom Israel believes are responsible for the shooting in recent months. It is unclear whether Al-Amuri and Abu Zayd were arrested.

Israeli troops were not injured during the incident, Jewish media reported.

A spokesman for the Israeli border police did not immediately return the request for comment.

Israeli troops usually coordinate their entry into Palestinian cities with PA security forces to allow the latter to withdraw and avoid confrontation. In the past, however, there have been improper communications, leading IDF soldiers to mistakenly turn to PA forces, thinking they are terrorists.

There have also been cases where Pennsylvania President Mahmoud Abbas’s security forces have cheated and opened fire on Israeli troops unprovoked.

The overnight incident came less than a month after Israeli soldiers mistakenly opened fire on two PA intelligence officers they believe were terrorists when they stopped at the Tapua junction in the northwest coast.

Ahmad Daragme, a resident of the West Bank town of Laban al-Sharqiyah, near Nablus, was killed at the scene. His colleague Mohammad al-Nubani was taken to hospital in critical condition.

Aaron Boxerman contributed to this report.

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