A special Israeli unit executed, on Sunday afternoon, three Palestinians, including a child, while they were in a vehicle near a roundabout in the town of Arraba, southwest of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, the Ministry of Health confirmed.
Members of a special Israeli unit, known as the “Yamam” unit, the so-called “counter-terrorism” unit, fired dozens of live rounds at a Palestinian-plated vehicle which was stopped on the side of the road, assassinating all three occupants, who did not pose an immediate threat to the army.
Military reinforcements stormed the town after the attack, to provide backup for the Israeli special forces who carried out the operation.
The Authority for Civil Affairs informed the Ministry of Health of the death of the three men near Arraba town, southwest of Jenin.
The Occupation Army Radio claimed that one of the targeted individuals, identified as Nayef Abu Sweiss, 26, from the Jenin refugee camp, had allegedly carried out prior operations, adding that he, “received military information from the Gaza Strip to carry out operations.”
The army contends that the three slain men were previously implicated in prior operations, and were purportedly planning on carrying out another, without providing details.
The Ministry of Health confirmed that the army denied medical treatment to the young men by preventing ambulance crews from approaching the vehicle.
Sources added that upon the army’s withdrawal from the scene, they towed the heavily damaged vehicle and confiscated the bodies of the three murdered men, while they were still present inside of the vehicle.
The army attempted to justify the execution of the three men by claiming that, “a special force assassinated a Palestinian cell from the Jenin camp, led by Fayez Abu Sweis, 26, along with two others, and an M16 weapon was found in their possession.”
Later, sources revealed the identities of the three slain young men as, Louay Abu Naasa and Nayef Abu Sweis, 26, both from the Jenin refugee camp, and Baraa Ahmed Fayez al-Qarm, 15, from Jalqamus village, southeast of the city.
Palestinians in the Jenin governorate, along with the family of the slain men gathered, Sunday evening, in the refugee camp and marched to the center of Jenin city, to express their condemnation of the occupation’s murder of the three young men.
Further details revealed that Abu Sweis, was one of the leaders of the “Jenin Brigade” linked to the “Quds Brigades” which is the military wing of the “Islamic Jihad” resistance movement.
Abu Naasa was also a member of the resistance group, while it was not clear whether the 15-year-old al-Qarm was involved in the armed resistance.