Palestinian security officers exchanged heavy fire with terrorists in the Samarian town of Nablus on Monday, wounding three people and paralyzing the city center.
One of the casualties was reported to have been a Palestinian civilian, rescue officials said.
The clash between Palestinian police and gunmen from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah military wing, terrified residents and shoppers in the bustling downtown area, prompting them to close up their windows and flee the area.
Police rushed through the streets and ran over rooftops, shooting at the operatives.
“I saw, from where I was, dozens of Palestinian police and gunmen chasing each other and shooting,” said Ghassan Tabila, a street vendor.
Tensions have been high in the city, which has been the hot spot for terrorist activity. Police confiscated an al-Aksa member’s car. The group later retaliated, wounding an officer. Police put out a search warrant for three of the members.
Clashes in the past have been rare between al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades members and Palestinian security officials.