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Israel hunts Palestinian axe attackers who killed three

A manhunt is under way for two Palestinians suspected of killing three Israelis in an axe and knife attack in central Israel.

It happened in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Elad on Thursday night. Seven others were wounded, two seriously.

It is the latest in a wave of deadly attacks in Israel by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs since late March.

Israel has carried out raids in the occupied West Bank in response.

Israeli police said the Palestinians who carried out the attack in Elad came from the district of Jenin in the northern West Bank.

Crossings into Israel from the West Bank have been closed since Tuesday as a security measure while Israel marked its annual memorial and independence days this week.

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