Three Palestinians Killed by Israeli Forces, Radio Says

Three Palestinians, including a 17-year-old, were shot dead by Israeli security forces during an arrest raid inside a West Bank refugee camp near Ramallah, Voice of Palestine Radio said.

Israeli security officials said forces opened fire after hundreds of Palestinians began rioting in the Qalandiya camp, some hurling firebombs and rocks.

“A large, violent crowd such as this, which significantly outnumbers security forces, leaves no other choice but to resort to live fire in self defense,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ office condemned what it called “assassinations,” the official Wafa news service reported. Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said the killings would hurt U.S.-brokered peace efforts, which resumed recently after a three-year breakdown.

“Israel’s ongoing crimes and continued settlement construction send a clear message about its intentions toward the peace process, and will negatively affect negotiations,” Abu Rudeina told reporters at Abbas’ headquarters in Ramallah.

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