Three Palestinians killed in Israeli army raid in Jenin
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An AFP photographer said a white vehicle riddled with bullet holes was in the area, where Israeli forces have stepped up operations in recent months.
The soldiers had come under fire as they arrived at the first location and they retaliated before identifying a suspicious vehicle on the side of the road on their way to the second location, it said.
"Shots were fired from the vehicle at the soldiers, who neutralised the terrorists who fired at them," the army said, adding that they found weapons, including two M-16 assault rifles and cartridges at the scene.
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A Palestinian investigation said the reporter -- who was wearing a bullet-proof vest with "press" written on it and a helmet when she was shot -- was killed in what it described as a war crime.
The Israeli police had launched the internal investigation following an international outcry after Abu Akleh's coffin was almost dropped when police attacked the pallbearers during her funeral.
On Thursday, the Israeli police closed the probe into violence at the funeral -- without however releasing any findings.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was seeking more information about the probe into the funeral.
"Certainly, to us, typically these investigations -- the findings of them -- are released publicly," Price told reporters in Washington.
US President Joe Biden is expected in Israel and the West Bank next month.