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March 03, 2003

Israeli Troops Battle Palestinian Gunmen in Gaza Strip

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Israeli forces stormed a Gaza Strip refugee camp on Monday, killing at least one Palestinian in clashes, only hours after vowing to step up attacks on militant strongholds. (4) Palestinian medical officials said a 13-year-old boy was shot dead and around 20 other Palestinians wounded as gunmen traded fire with Israeli troops and tanks which rolled into Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza under cover of dark. (4) Israel's defense minister on Sunday pledged to step up assaults on Hamas militants on a day when three Palestinians were shot and killed in the Gaza Strip and Israeli media reported that Hamas militants had plotted to assassinate Knesset, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. (5) Israeli troops backed by tanks and helicopters raided a Gaza Strip town early Sunday, killing two Palestinians in fierce fighting and demolishing an apartment building and the exterior wall of a hospital. (6) Palestinian doctors said mourners fired in the air, as is customary during funerals, and drew Israeli army fire, apparently because the cemetery is near a Jewish settlement. (6) Presenting his rightist government to parliament on Thursday, Sharon set tough conditions for peace talks with the Palestinians, even as President Bush urged him to work quickly toward a viable Palestinian state. (7)