Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in West Bank clash

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Israeli forces on a raid in the occupied West Bank exchanged fire on Monday with Palestinian gunmen, Israeli police said, while a Palestinian local official said at least four Palestinians were killed.

The incident occurred in the city of Jenin, where, Israeli police said in a statement, special forces disguised as Palestinians came under heavy fire from “a large number” of attackers while on a mission to detain a militant.

“The undercover forces returned fire towards the terrorists and neutralised them,” the police said.

On Voice of Palestine radio, Jenin’s governor said at least four Palestinians were killed. Israeli police said there were no Israeli casualties.

Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 Middle East war, and Palestinians seek the territory as well as the Gaza Strip for a future state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Palestinian Authority, set up under interim peace accords with Israel in the 1990s, exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, but Israeli forces are dominant in the area, where they often carry out raids to detain suspected militants.

Photo: Palestinian man looks at dead bodies of two Palestinians inside Jenin Hospital who were killed by Israeli forces during clashes with Israeli troops in Jenin Camp near the West Bank city of Jenin. EPA-EFE/ALAA BADARNEH