Ten Palestinians were shot dead Friday during Israeli counter-terror operations near the Green Line dividing Israel from the West Bank. Five Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed in the Israeli raid in a West Bank village.
Jerusalem Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Israel’s chief military spokesman, said officers were firing at gunmen who tried to shoot them and “other nearby civilians” during the Israeli operation in the Al-Khader neighborhood.
Mordechai said the number of people involved in the attempted attacks “had increased significantly.”
“I don’t think anyone was trying to cause any casualties,” he said, adding the soldiers and two civilians were evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.
Mordechai said the 10 Palestinians were members of the Hamas terror group. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks, stating there were a total of 11 assailants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident “a tragic provocation that must be condemned.”
Meanwhile, members of a Hamas terror cell were arrested Friday evening for planning to kidnap and execute Israeli soldiers, local news site Al-Monitor reported.
According to a security source, the cell was about to launch a wave of rocket fire at Israeli military targets.