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Fierce clashes seen in Jenin area between Israeli troops, Palestinian gunmen

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Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen engaged in fierce exchanges of fire Friday morning in the northern West Bank during what appeared to be a raid on a terror suspect’s home.

The Israel Defense Forces acknowledged that forces from the military and Shin Bet as well as an elite police counterterror unit were operating in the town of Burqin, near Jenin, but did not provide any details on the operation.

Footage on social media showed masked Palestinians firing rifles in the direction of Israeli soldiers, as heavy gunfire could be heard.

Palestinian reports said Israeli forces surrounded the home of a suspect and called on everyone inside to surrender. The Islamic Jihad terror group identified the suspect, Mohammad al-Dab’i, as a member of its military wing.

Video showed an Israeli soldier firing a shoulder-launched missile at the home, with smoke then seen rising from the building.

A separate clip showed the house on fire. It was unclear if anyone was........

© The Times of Israel

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