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Israel expands military operations in West Bank ahead of elections

Israeli forces kill five Palestinians in attack on Lion's Den complex in Nablus.
Mourners attend the funeral of Palestinians killed in an overnight Israeli raid, in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Oct. 25, 2022.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Israeli military killed five Palestinians on Oct. 25, two of whom were affiliated with the Lion’s Den, in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank. The military operation lasted for about four hours and was described as the most violent since 2002's Operation Defensive Shield.

The Israeli attack came 48 hours after the killing of Lion’s Den leader Tamer al-Kilani in an explosion in Nablus on Oct. 23. The group accused the Israeli Shin Bet of being behind Kilani’s killing, in what was seen as the first Israeli targeted assassination in 15 years. However, Israel has remained silent on the operation. 

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