Nablus (The Inside Palestine)-Israeli forces on Tuesday shot and killed three Palestinians during an operation in Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.
The three men were identified as Adham Mabrouka, Ashraf Mubaslat and Mohammed al-Dakhil, all members of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.
They were shot while driving in a vehicle with a fourth person who was detained, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Israel’s security service said it conducted a joint operation targeting Palestinian fighters who carried out shooting attacks against Israeli targets in recent weeks.
A video from the location of the incident in the Makhfiya neighbourhood in Nablus showed a car pierced with dozens of bullet holes, which was reportedly the vehicle used by the four men when they were assassinated.
Batoul Koussa, an eyewitnesses who lives in the area, told Middle East Eye that two private vehicles, a dark blue Caddy and a yellow minibus with Palestinian plates, drove towards the al-Makhfiya junction before Israeli soldiers got out and opened fire.
The soldiers surrounded the vehicle carrying the Palestinian men and started shooting intensely at it from all directions and from point-blank range. Koussa said more than 80 bullets were fired at the vehicle.
Israeli soldiers withdrew after they confirmed the death of the three young men who were inside the vehicle.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the “field execution” and slammed Israel the “heinous brutality”.
“This crime is part of a series of criminal field executions carried out by the occupation forces in accordance with the instructions and directives of the political and military level,” it said in a statement.
Source: Middle East Eye