Four Palestinian militants killed in West Bank

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Four Palestinian militants killed in West Bank

Four Palestinian militants were killed on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank during an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian health officials, in one of the deadliest confrontations in the territory this year.

More than 90 Palestinians and two Israeli security officials were killed in the West Bank in the past seven years, the biggest spasm of violence there in seven years.

Israeli military raids in the West Bank have surged since March, when the Israeli army began an operation to curb a wave of Arab attacks in the spring that killed 19 Israelis and foreigners, some of which were perpetrated by Palestinians from the West Bank.

Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank have increased during the same time, due to rising Palestinian anger at the increase in Israeli raids, rising Palestinian anger at the entrenchment of the 55 year occupation and an unwillingness of the Palestinian Authority, which administers nearly 40 percent of the West Bank, to crack down on militants operating within its small pockets of control.