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2 Palestinian Militants Killed in Israeli Raid in West Bank


Palestinian witnesses say Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants after a gunbattle near the West Bank city of Bethlehem early Friday.

The Israeli military says two Islamic Jihad members were killed after they opened fire on Israeli special forces operating in the area.

Separately, Israel carried out an air strike on a metal workshop in Gaza City. Palestinians say three people were wounded in that attack.

The incidents occurred hours after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Palestinian militant groups have agreed to suspend attacks on Israel.

Mr. Abbas says all Palestinian factions agreed to cease actions that may give others an excuse to retaliate.

Israel has carried out a nearly two-month-long Gaza offensive in an effort to stop cross-border rocket fire and to press for the release of a captured Israeli soldier.

Nearly 200 Palestinians, many of them militants, have been killed in the Israeli offensive.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.