Palestinians killed in Israeli raid

Three Hamas members and an Israeli soldier were killed in a raid on Friday by Israeli forces in the West Bank town of Nablus.

    Witnesses said it took place at the Askar refugee camp.

    Aljazeera’s correspondent said the Israelis raided a building housing suspected Hamas member Khamees Abu-Salim.

    He quoted residents as saying that Abu-Salim and an Israeli soldier were killed in the raid.

    "During the night, a pinpoint operation was mounted to arrest a senior fugitive," an Israeli military source said.

    "Massive fire was opened at the force from the third floor of a building. The soldiers returned fire and there was a series of explosions on the same floor, indicating there were explosives there. As a result, the floor collapsed," he said.

    Hamas officials called the attack, "a flagrant violation," and vowed that they would "not stay silent."

    Hamas is among the Palestinian resistance groups which declared a ceasefire with Israel on 29 June.

    The conflict has abated dramatically since the truce went into effect despite

    regular Israeli raids in the West Bank.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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