Three wanted senior operatives are among seven are slain in one raid, the army says. Near Jerusalem, hundreds protest barrier plans. Israeli troops intensifying their military operation in the West Bank city of Nablus on Saturday raked an underground hide-out with gunfire and flung hand grenades inside, killing seven Palestinian militants, three of them senior field commanders who topped Israel’s most-wanted list, witnesses and the army said. Two other Palestinians, identified by Israel as members of militant organizations, were shot and killed in separate incidents Saturday, bringing the death toll in Nablus to 11 over the last three days. Since Wednesday evening, the Israeli military has been staging its largest operation inside the city in nearly a year. Soldiers were searching for members of a cell that Israel said was responsible for dispatching several recent would-be suicide bombers, including an 18-year-old boy caught last week at a roadblock outside Jerusalem. Full Story
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