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November 19, 2002

Israeli Army Kills 5 Palestinians in Clash
Israeli troops backed by armor killed a Palestinian militant and four passers-by during a clash in the West Bank city of Tulkarm on Tuesday, Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said.

The Israeli army did not immediately comment. Israeli television broadcast a slightly different account [yes, that three of the dead were not merely passersby]

The Palestinian witnesses and officials said troops pursuing a wanted man, Tareq al-Zaghal, exchanged fire with comrades of his from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group linked to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat 's Fatah movement.

Israeli machinegun fire killed Zaghal as well as a 13-year-old boy, a civilian security guard and two other local people who were passing in a car, the witnesses and hospital officials said. At least 15 other Palestinians were wounded.

In any case, what is the point of complaining when while Reuters says that Israel also exchanged fire with "comrades of his from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed group linked to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat 's Fatah movement. " the mighty mouth of Yassir Arafat, Ha'aretz describes these same fighting men as "activists". My that is very active.