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November 14, 2002

Israeli forces in Gaza City swoop

The cycle repeats itself and the terror groups seem to have an endless supply of willing murderers.
About 50 Israeli tanks and armoured vehicles backed by helicopter gunships have raided the outskirts of Gaza City, detaining four men before swiftly pulling out, Palestinian security sources and witnesses say.

The Israeli army said it seized three wanted Palestinians in the operation who were involved in making mortar bombs and other weapons used in attacks against Israelis. It said one of the men was an officer in the Palestinian Preventive Security force.

Two Palestinian policemen and a local resident were wounded in Thursday's raid, the third big incursion into Palestinian cities in successive days following an attack on a kibbutz in Israel in which a Palestinian gunman killed five people on Sunday.

The attack, the raids and sporadic violence have added to problems besetting a fresh U.S. peace mission that has been overshadowed by a stormy Israeli election campaign and the possibility of a U.S.-led war to disarm Iraq.

In Washington, U.S. officials said they were resigned to slow progress in Middle East talks at least until the scheduled Israeli election on January 28.