Security forces who arrived in Kalandiya near Ramallah to arrest a security suspect came under a large scale attack by hundreds of Palestinians on Monday morning, resulting in deadly clashes in which three rioters were reportedly killed.
An IDF force protecting the Border Police unit making the arrest felt that the lives of security forces were under threat, and opened fire at their attackers, the IDF said.
Video images from the scene showed two IDF jeeps being ambushed by Palestinians on rooftops and at street level, hurling large rocks and other heavy items from multiple directions.
The wanted suspect, said by the IDF to be a terrorist, was arrested and taken for questioning.
Offical Palestinian news agency WAFA quoted hospital sources in the West Bank as saying Rubin Zayed, Jihad Aslan and Younis Jamal Jahjouh had been killed in the clashes. An additional fifteen Palestinians were wounded in the incident, according to Palestinian medical sources.
The Police and IDF were investigating the circumstances of the clash.
The Palestinian Authority condemned the "assassination" of the Kalandiya men and "series of Israeli crimes," Nabil Abu Rudaineh, the spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted as saying by WAFA.
Last week, Israeli security forces killed a young Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Jenin during clashes that broke out there in a pre-dawn raid to arrest suspects involved in terrorist activity.