30 March 2002

IDF reply to question about five Palestinian security officers killed
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

In response to a question regarding the discovery of the bodies of five Palestinian security officers in a building in Ramallah, the IDF Spokesman replied as follows:

In the course of the IDF operation in Ramallah, an IDF force entered one of the buildings while carrying out search and locate operations against wanted Palestinian terrorists.

While combing the building, the force encountered resistance in the form of gunfire emanating from a room on the fourth floor, wounding two IDF officers. The force returned fire, killing the armed Palestinians.

The IDF Spokesman noted that the exchange of gunfire occurred at very close range.