Six Palestinians were killed by Israeli army troops on Wednesday morning as the army raided the West Bank city of Nablus, witnesses reported.

Troops surrounded a building where claimed wanted resistance gunmen were. Witnesses reported gun battles between the gunmen and the troops resulted in killing the six.

Witnesses said four of the dead men were believed to belong to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Medics could not immediately access the site to identify the bodies.

Names of the dead are not known yet and army sources declined to comment on casualties, however confirmed that operations in the city are underway.

Statements by the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades were read in the Mosque in Balata refugee Camp, near the city of Nablus, denouncing the killing.

Reports on the ground there is a group of D9 bulldozers moving into the area at this moment – presumably to demolish the home – and tanks were also brought in and are still on the streets.