Palestinian medical officials say Israeli troops have killed three Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

Hospital officials say two of the men were shot dead Friday, near the al-Faraa refugee camp, in the northern West Bank. The third was killed in the village of al-Yamoun.

The Israeli army says its troops opened fire on the men during operations against militants in the areas.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana Thursday called on Israelis and Palestinians to show more flexibility in helping to restart the Middle East peace process.

Solana made his plea after meeting with Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Tel Aviv. He urged Israel to reopen a border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, which Israel closed for security reasons.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.