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At least two Palestinians were killed and several others were wounded overnight Thursday and early Friday in clashes with IDF troops in the West Bank, Israel Radio reported.
In the village of Al Faraa, north of Nablus, a Nahal Haredi unit spotted a group of six or seven Palestinians leaving a mosque. One member of the group was carrying an axe, and another was armed with a handgun. The men approached the soldiers, who opened fire, killing the man holding the gun and wounding the man with the axe, who was detained for questioning.
Palestinians reported that a second man in the group, who was unarmed, was also killed. The IDF could not confirm the report. They identified the dead men as Saadi Subuh, 23, and Mustafa Abu Zalat, 17.
In a separate incident in the village of Yamoun, near Maoz, IDF troops opened fire on three armed Palestinians, killing one and wounded two others.
Palestinians identified the dead man as Ahmed Abul Hassan, 28.
Later, Islamic Jihad issued a statement in the Gaza Strip saying Abul Hassan was a member who died in a "violent" gunbattle with the Israelis.
Shots were also fired at IDF soldiers in Jenin. None were wounded, and there were no reports of Palestinian casualties. IDF operations in and around Jenin, meanwhile, yielded the arrest of four terror suspects, including one senior Islamic Jihad operative.
Also overnight, IAF aircraft bombed the home of a Hamas operative in the Jabaliya refugee camp that was being used as a weapons warehouse.
The IDF said that the occupants receive 15 minutes' warning before the strike, and no one was wounded.
AP contributed to this report.