Four Dead in Nablus as Palestinian Police Battle Gunmen

Palestinian militants from the radical Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed offshoot of the ruling Fatah faction, take position before shooting at Israeli army troops during a military operation into the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank city of Nablus 05 May 2006.

The Times of Israel reports: Palestinian police searching for weapons clashed with gunmen in the West Bank city of Nablus into Friday morning, leaving four people dead, Palestinian officials said.

The firefight erupted on Thursday evening after officers entered Nablus’s Old City, a densely populated warren of alleyways that was one of the flashpoints of the second Palestinian uprising between 2000 and 2005.

The shooting was still continuing on Friday morning, security forces spokesman Adnan al-Damiri said.

Nablus governor Akram Rajoub said that two police had been killed in the operation as well as two gunmen, both of whom he said were on a police wanted list.

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