Israel says its forces killed 10 militants in West Bank raid

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The Israeli army said Saturday that its security forces killed 10 militants in an ongoing raid around Nur Shams, a refugee camp in the north of the occupied West Bank.

“Security forces eliminated 10 terrorists during encounters” over more than 40 hours, the army said in a statement.

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The army said eight soldiers and a police officer had been injured in the raid.

An AFP journalist in nearby Tulkarem heard gunshots and blasts coming from Nur Shams on Saturday.

Residents contacted by AFP said there was a power outage and food was running short in the camp, saying nobody was allowed to enter or leave.

Since early last year violence has flared across the West Bank, which Israel has occupied since 1967. The violence has further escalated since the war in Gaza broke out on October 7.

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Israeli forces say their frequent raids in the West Bank target Palestinian militants, but civilians are often among the dead.

Around 480 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers in the West Bank since the Hamas assault on Israel triggered the Gaza war, according to Palestinian official sources.

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