BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants.
Rosenfeld said explosive devices were found in the vehicle. He said a security operation was ongoing in the Hebron area.
The Palestinians "were members of a Salafi Jihad terrorist cell that was planning an attack in the coming days. At the moment operations are continuing in that area," Rosenfeld said.
Locals identified the killed Palestinians as Moussa Mohammad Moussa Makhamra, Mahmoud Khalid al-Najjar, and Mohammad Fouad Jamil Nairoukh.
In a statement, the Israeli army said they also planned to target the Palestinian Authority. more