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Israeli Forces Kill 10 Islamic Militants

Israeli forces in the West Bank killed at least 10 suspected Islamic militants in two gunbattles, one of them Friday morning in the battle-scarred Jenin refugee camp. Backed by helicopter gunships and tanks, Israeli troops killed five gunmen from the Islamic Jihad group in a hideout in the camp. The army had reported a sixth person was killed but later said the man was among several wounded gunmen who escaped. The raid began just after daybreak Friday, with armored vehicles surrounding the house. Palestinians fired from the roof and from an adjacent alley, the army said. Troops returned fire, killing the men. The militants had been standing watch over the camp throughout the night and had just returned to their hideout for breakfast and sleep when Israeli forces surrounded them, said a local Islamic Jihad leader, Sheik Bassam Saedi. As part of a wide-ranging assault aimed a crushing violent Palestinian groups around the West Bank last April, Israeli forces flattened the center of the camp, and battles there killed 52 Palestinians and 23 Israeli soldiers. Full Story

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