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Three killed in Israeli, Pakistani militants clash

Three Palestinian activists were killed Saturday by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, well-informed sources and witnesses told Xinhua.

Three militants, two belonging to the Hamas movement and one to the Islamic Jihad group, are said to have been killed in an Israeli military operation, leaving seven others injured.

Witnesses said an Israeli army force besieged a house before a fierce gun-battle broke out. Medical sources said two of the activists were instantly killed while the third later died of his wounds in hospital.

They were identified as Hamza Abu al-Haija, Yazan Jabareen and Mohammed Abu Zina. Abu al-Haija is the son of a prominent Hamas leader jailed in Israel.

Meanwhile, Israeli army radio reported that a Hamas operative was killed by Israeli police special forces in the refugee camp of Jenin. According to the report, police forces shot and killed the operative when he attempted to escape a house surrounded by police.

Since the beginning of March, three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the West Bank in separate incidents. In total, 49 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and the West Bank since the ongoing U.S.-backed Palestinian-Israeli peace talks resumed last July.

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