Soldiers Fire on Civilians in West Bank

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian woman and her two children Sunday near the West Bank town of Jenin after a bomb went off under an army tank, an Israeli military source and a Palestinian rescue official said.

Israeli troops also killed a 9-year-old Palestinian boy when they opened fire on the refugee camp in the West Bank town of Tulkarem, according to Dr. Abu Shaker, director of the local hospital. The boy, Tamer Abu Sarrieh, was shot twice in the chest. An 18-year-old man was lightly injured.

The killings outside an army camp south of the town of Jenin occurred after a large bomb went off underneath an Israeli tank, the Israeli military source said. The soldiers saw suspicious figures in a nearby grove and fired on them, killing the woman and her two children, the source said.

Palestinian rescue officials said the bodies of the mother and the children, ages three and four, were found in a field near a tank with its track torn off. They had been shot in the heads or upper bodies, said rescue official Haitham Abu Mouas.

The Israeli Defense Force expressed sorrow over the incident, the Israeli official said.