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March 04, 2003

Targeting Hamas, Israel invades two Gaza camps

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Israeli troops killed eight Palestinians on Monday when it stormed a Gaza Strip refugee camp, arresting a founder of the militant Islamic group Hamas and demolishing homes. (6) Palestinian hospital officials said a pregnant 33-year-old woman was crushed to death under the rubble of her house which collapsed when the army blew up a neighboring house belonging to the family of a Palestinian militant. (6) Witnesses said the focus of the incursion was the Bureij camp, where soldiers blew up two houses after demanding that residents leave. (4) Palestinians said at least two of those killed were civilians a 14-year-old boy who was shot dead and a woman whose house collapsed from the force of the blast next door. (4) Israeli tanks moved into the Nusseirat and Bureij refugee camps in the central part of the Gaza Strip early today, witnesses said, killing seven people and destroying two houses. (5) Backed by attack helicopters and tanks, troops blew up Mohammed Taha's home and three others in the Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. (1) Presenting his rightist government to parliament on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel 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) [links to articles]