updated 10/27/2006 5:53:49 AM ET 2006-10-27T09:53:49

Three Palestinians were killed Friday in Israeli army raids in the northern West Bank, medics and relatives said.

In the refugee camp of Al Faraa, Saadi Subuh, 23, and Mustafa Abu Zalat, 17, were shot and killed, their relatives and medics said. The circumstances of the shooting were not clear, but Abu Zalat’s uncle said his nephew might have been throwing stones at army jeeps.

The army said it opened fire on Palestinians who approached troops with a handgun and an ax. It said the gunman was killed, and the man with the ax was wounded in the leg and taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment.

In the village of Yamoun, Ahmed Abul Hassan, 28, was shot and killed as he stood on the roof of his home. Relatives said he had gone up to watch the army raid and was hit by a bullet to the head.

Two of Abul Hassan’s brothers were wounded, the family said.

The army said it had opened fire on a group of armed Palestinians, hitting at least two.

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