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West Bank: Three Palestinian militants killed in Israeli operation

Three Palestinian men accused by Israel of carrying out a spate of attacks have been shot dead in an Israeli operation in the occupied West Bank.

The military wing of the Palestinian Fatah faction confirmed that the dead men were its members and said they were killed in "a cowardly assassination".

Israeli police said they were armed and were killed during clashes with an undercover unit in the city of Nablus.

It is the highest single death toll in an action of this kind for months.

In September, five Palestinians were killed in an Israeli operation in the West Bank. Israel said all five belonged to the Gaza-based militant group Hamas, which said four were members.

In Tuesday's incident, the three Palestinians were shot dead inside a silver car stopped in the middle of a road. Pictures showed the windscreen and the bonnet riddled with bullet holes.


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