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March 08, 2003

Middle East News Roundup

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Israeli raids in Gaza focus on reducing Hamas' strength
JABALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip In the most intense battle in Gaza in months, an Israeli army raid left 11 Palestinians dead Thursday, including eight who witnesses said were hit by an Israeli tank shell fired at a crowd. (10) Two Palestinian gunmen dressed as seminary students attacked a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Friday the Jewish sabbath killing at least two Israelis and injuring six before being shot and killed, police and army officials said. (17) The Gaza operation? aimed at preventing Palestinians from firing small, homemade Qassam rockets at Israeli border towns? began before dawn. (3) Israeli troops hunting Islamic militants stormed this refugee camp Thursday a raid that left 11 Palestinians dead and more than 110 hurt and came a day after a bus bombing killed 14 Israelis and an American teenager. (8) Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians on Tuesday as an Israeli security official said a raid on a Hamas founder's home did not signal that Israel is targeting leaders of that group for arrest. (7) A suicide bomber blew himself up aboard a crowded bus in the northern city of Haifa on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens in the first terrorist attack in two months, officials said. (14) click heree for links to articles