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Israeli Soldier Dies in Terrorist Hunt

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A search for terrorists in the Gaza Strip cost the life of an Israeli soldier Thursday. One terrorist was killed, another wounded and seven were captured in the skirmish, the Israel Defense Force announced.

The dead soldier was identified as Cpl. Baruch Ben-Shimon, 20, of Safed.

The IDF said a patrol searching for wanted terrorists came under fire when it entered a building in Bani Suheila, east of Khan Yunis. The burst was fatal to Ben-Shimon, but his killer died by return fire, which wounded a second terrorist.

Seven more suspects were taken into custody. The IDF said the gang was suspected of the recent murders of several local Arabs who allegedly cooperated with the Israeli authorities.

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