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Israeli forces kill four Palestinians in West Bank attack

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in an attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, with the military describing them as “terrorists,” sources on both sides said.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that “Four Palestinians were martyred by occupied bullets in the town of Azn.''

State news agency Wafa said the men were shot dead in clashes that broke out as Israeli forces stormed the town.

“Israeli occupation soldiers fired live ammunition, stun grenades, and tear gas at residents during the raid,” the report said.

Israeli forces searched homes and businesses and took surveillance footage of some stores, Wafa news agency said.

The military said insurgents opened fire and threw explosives, causing troops to return fire.

“After a gunfight, we killed four terrorists and confiscated three Carlo-type weapons (domestic submachine guns) used by them,'' the military said in a statement.

It added that one soldier suffered a slur.

The military said it “neutralized” a Palestinian militant who opened fire on a Palestinian militant in a separate shootout in the city of Qalqilya, without giving details.

The military said Israeli forces arrested seven people overnight in the West Bank, adding that more than 2,550 people had been arrested in the region since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war.

The West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation since the 1967 Six-Day War, and tensions have been high since fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas.

At least 321 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers in the West Bank since October 7, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. More than 520 Palestinians were killed in the region last year.


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