At least 20 Palestinians have been killed in two attacks on mosques in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian security sources said Saturday.
The first attack was in the Jerusalem area.
Two other attacks were reported in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
The two attacks took place in the vicinity of the Fatah mosque in the southern West Bank town of Beit Lahiya and the Muslim Mosque in the central town of Bethlehem.
A Palestinian security source told The Associated Press that all of the victims were killed and wounded.
He said no one was injured in the initial attack.
He said at least four assailants entered the mosque and opened fire.
They then moved toward the mosque’s compound and began firing at the mosque.
The imam, who was a local member of the group, was shot in the leg and was later pronounced dead.
The imam was a member of a militant group that seeks to establish an Islamic state in the West Bank.
The second attack was carried out in the northwestern village of Qalqilya.
It was carried by a Palestinian security officer who died from his wounds, the security source said.
The security source did not provide further details.
The Palestinians have made frequent incursions into Israel since the assassination of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2005, which led to the creation of Hamas, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction.
Israel maintains a high-level military presence in the Gaza Strip, despite a recent UN Security Council resolution which called for a “just and lasting” cease-fire.
Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization and the group is considered a foreign terrorist organization by Israel.