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Militant killed by Israeli troops
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A Palestinian militant has been killed in an Israeli operation in the West Bank, Palestinian sources say.

The man was a local commander of the Islamic Jihad group, a spokesman for the movement said.

Two Israeli soldiers were also wounded in the raid, in the city of Nablus, an army spokesman said.

Residents said they were ordered to leave their building, which was surrounded by about 10 Israeli jeeps, before a gunfight erupted.

The troops apparently were shot at from inside the building, and returned fire, the residents said.

Weekend strikes

The name of the militant killed in the shoot-out was Ahmed Radad, a senior official in Islamic Jihad, a member of the group told the Associated Press.

The raid came a day after Israel killed two militants belonging to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in an air strike in Gaza.

Also, five Palestinian militants were killed in Israeli air strikes over the weekend.

A missile strike on Sunday killed two militants, one said to be a bomb-maker for Islamic Jihad.

Overnight on Saturday, three militants were killed in Israel's first air strike on the Gaza Strip since Hamas' victory in parliamentary elections last month.

Saturday's violence came after four Israelis were injured in a rocket attack near the Gaza Strip on Friday.


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