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Relatives say 3 suspected militants killed by Israel had evaded arrest by Palestinian police

  • Palestinians carry the body of Moussa Makhamra who was killed Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Palestinians carry the body of Moussa Makhamra who was killed Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Medics stand around the body of Mohammad Nairoukh who was killed Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Medics stand around the body of Mohammad Nairoukh who was killed Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Doctors examine the body of Mohammad Nairoukh who was killed Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Yatta,  south of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Doctors examine the body of Mohammad Nairoukh who was killed Tuesday by Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

Relatives say three suspected Palestinian militants killed by Israeli troops previously had evaded arrest by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.

Thousands on Wednesday attended the funerals of the men who were killed in an army raid Tuesday.

Israel's military says the three were jihadi Salafis, or followers of a violent stream of Islam. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner of the Israeli military says the three had planned attacks on Israelis and on the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank.

Lerner says Tuesday's raid uncovered the first substantial sign of violent activity by jihadi Salafis in the West Bank. Jihadi Salafis are on the rise in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Islamic militant Hamas. Jihadi Salafis oppose Hamas as too pragmatic.