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Israel deploys troops into West Bank, bombs Gaza in response to Palestinian attacks

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Israel deploys troops into West Bank, bombs Gaza in response to Palestinian attacks

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Israel sent hundreds of troops to the West Bank early on Saturday (July 2) and sealed off the city of Hebron, in response to a spike in deadly attacks by Palestinians.

It’s the largest military operation in the occupied territory in two years.

Meanwhile the Israeli Air Force bombed targets in Gaza after a rocket fired from there hit a building in the southern city of Sderot. No casualties were reported. The Israeli strikes targeted bases for the Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said Israel would reduce the amount of tax revenues it collects each month on behalf of the Palestinians, saying that some of the money was being given to families of attackers.

The crackdown follows a spike in Palestinian violence, with several deadly attacks in the past couple of days, including on a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl.

On Friday, a Palestinian gunman opened fire on an Israeli family’s car, killing the father and wounding his wife and two children.

Also on Friday, a Palestinian woman was shot dead after allegedly trying to stab an Israeli officer at a checkpoint in Hebron.

Violent clashes also erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces at the Qalandia checkpoint linking the West Bank to Jerusalem.

The Quartet on the Middle East has called on Israel to stop settlement construction and Palestinians to stamp out terrorism.

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