Israeli troops shot and killed three men during clashes in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials stated early Thursday.

Several others were injured during the confrontation between Israeli forces and Palestinian activists in the town of Tulkarem in the northwest of the territory, the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry told AFP.

“Three martyrs were shot by the occupation forces in Tulkarem,” the ministry said.

It identified those killed as Ayman Ahmad Mubarak, 26, Husam Imad Daabas, 22, and Mohammed Yusif Nasrallah, 27.

According to the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, the three men were killed during an Israeli raid on the town shortly after midnight.

Earlier in the day, the health ministry said that Israeli troops killed a young man at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah shortly after the annual march marking what Palestinians call the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” of 1948.

Thousands marched across the West Bank to commemorate the 76th anniversary of when around 760,000 Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes during the war that led to Israel’s creation.

This week’s anniversary comes against the backdrop of the war raging in Gaza, which has displaced most of the strip’s population.

With AFP