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Israeli Soldiers Kill 4 Palestinians

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Personal belongings are removed from inside the home of Hamza Abu el-Heija, where he was killed by Israeli troops, in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, Mar. 22, 2014.
Israeli troops have killed four Palestinians in an early morning raid on a home in the occupied West Bank.

Israel said its forces went to a home in the Jenin refugee camp Saturday to capture a Hamas Islamist militant who was a suspect in past attacks on Israel.

Palestinian officials said the Israeli military surrounded the house and ordered Hamza Abu el-Heija outside.

The military said the suspect refused and opened fire, wounding two Israeli soldiers. The military returned fire and killed the militant.

Israel said protesters gathered on the site and attacked the soldiers. The troops opened fire, killing three Palestinians.

Tensions have been heating up in the area in recent months amid a lack of progress in the Middle East peace talks. The talks resumed last July after a three-year lull.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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