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Israeli troops kill Palestinians
Two Palestinians shot dead in separate incidents in West Bank and Gaza.
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2008 12:32 GMT
Israeli soldiers keeping a vigil over
Palestinians [File Photo:  AFP]

Israeli security forces have shot and killed a Hamas member who tried to escape arrest near the occupied West Bank town of Jenin, the Israeli army says.

Another Palestinian was shot dead along the border in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, officials said.

"The operative, Talal Sa'ad Talal Abed, was initially critically wounded and received medical treatment at the scene, but died on the way to a hospital", the Israeli army statement said about Wednesday's West Bank shooting.

"Abed, 32, a resident of Kafr Dan, was a member of Hamas's terror infrastructure in the village, an infrastructure that attempted to dispatch a suicide bomber into Israel," it said.

"After the failed attempt, cell members were arrested by Palestinian security forces. Despite this, the group continued to be involved in terror, and had been planning an imminent terror attack."

Gaza killing
  
Speaking about the second shooting, an Israeli army spokesman told the AFP news agency: "At around 3 o'clock an army force identified a suspicious person crossing the fence from Gaza into Israel near Kissufim.

"The force called on him to stop and fired warning shots but he did not stop and the soldiers fired at him and killed him. When they approached his body they saw he was unarmed."

Muawiya Hassanin, the head of Gaza emergency services, confirmed that a Palestinian was shot and killed in the Kissufim area.

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