Israeli soldier killed, another severely wounded in West Bank raid

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The Israeli military said a soldier was killed and another seriously wounded in an operation in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday, the latest violence in the Palestinian territory.

Jenin has long been a stronghold for Palestinian militant groups, and the Israeli army routinely carries out raids in the city and its adjacent refugee camp.

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Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported that a young Palestinian man was wounded in the face by shrapnel during the latest military raid.

Captain Alon Sacgiu, 22, “fell during an operation in the Jenin sector,” the military said in a brief statement, without giving details of the circumstances of his death.

Another soldier was seriously wounded and taken to hospital, the military said.

Wafa said Israeli troops stormed Jenin shortly before midnight and were deployed until dawn in the city and its outskirts.

Troops “deployed dozens of sniper soldiers on the roofs of commercial buildings and houses and in the neighborhoods of the city and its commercial center,” the Palestinian agency reported on its English language website.

When contacted by AFP, the Israeli military said it had withdrawn from Jenin but gave no further details of its operation.

Witnesses in Jenin told AFP that improvised explosive devices planted on a road used by the army had exploded.

Clashes and exchange of fire could be heard through the night, they added.

Violence in the West Bank, under Israeli occupation since 1967, had already surged before the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza broke out on October 7. Since then it has escalated to levels unseen in about two decades.

At least 553 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli troops or settlers since the Gaza war broke out, according to Palestinian officials.

Attacks by Palestinians have killed at least 15 Israelis, including soldiers, in the West Bank over the same period, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.

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