Four Palestinian gunmen were killed in an arrest operation targeting a Hamas cell in West Bank, Israel’s military said.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said the Hamas operatives were planning an imminent attack on Israel.
At least four Palestinians were killed in overnight clashes between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters in the West Bank, Israel’s military said.
Fierce gun battles took place at multiple locations during a sweeping Israeli operation to dismantle a Hamas Islamist cell, the military said.
The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed the four deaths, one in Burqin near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and three in Biddu, north of Jerusalem.
The fighters had clashed with Israeli forces at the two locations, confirmed the Hamas. Its troops involved in the arrest operation came under gunfire in West Bank, said the Israeli military.
Israeli security forces in the West Bank operated against "Hamas terrorists who were poised to carry out terror attacks in the immediate future, Israeli PM added.
That was a continuation of the crimes against our people, “Hamas spokesman said.
Keeping in view that recently, Israel and Hamas has fought an 11-day war in May, resulting in at least 243 deaths, the majority of them in the Gaza Strip. Both sides claim victory in the conflict.