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Israeli troops kill 9 in West Bank raid; Deadliest in years


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Key Points

  • Israeli forces killed at least nine Palestinians, including a 61-year-old woman, and wounded several others in a large-scale raid Thursday in a flashpoint area of the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said. It was the deadliest single operation in the territory in two decades.

  • The Israeli military also fatally shot a 22-year-old Palestinian later in a separate incident.

  • The raid in the Jenin refugee camp increases the risk of a major flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian fighting days, poses a test for Israel’s new hard-line government and casts a shadow on U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s expected trip to the region next week.

  • Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, threatened revenge. Violent escalations in the West Bank have previously triggered retaliatory rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

  • Israeli forces in the West Bank and on the country’s border with Gaza went on heightened alert. Protesters poured into the streets across the territory, chanting in solidarity with Jenin, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met top advisers to discuss a response to the raid.

  • A senior official said the Palestinians were expected to halt security coordination with Israel — a move it has tried in the past with little success.

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