Israeli refugee camp raid leaves 3 Palestinians dead

Israeli security forces shot and killed three Palestinian men early Monday when violent clashes broke out during a raid in the Qalandia refugee camp, between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to witnesses and Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/world/middleeast/israeli-raid-on-palestinian-camp-turns-deadly.html?hp  The raid was the deadliest episode in the West Bank in months and came less than a week after a Palestinian man was killed in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank when troops on a similar mission.

The Israeli military said that its troops were in Qalandia to secure an operation by security forces who were seeking to arrest a resident identified by the military only as a “terror operative.”

Hundreds of residents threw rocks and various other items at the security forces and soldiers were called in to aid them. Security personnel then “resorted to using live fire”

Witnesses in the camp said that a unit of special forces had intended to arrest Yusuf Khatib, who was released last year from an Israeli prison. Mr. Khatib tried to flee to a neighbor’s house, the witnesses said, and residents began throwing rocks, firebombs, bricks and iron bars at the forces and the troops who arrived in Jeeps to reinforce them.

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