Palestinian's killing strains truce

Israeli occupation troops have shot dead a Palestinian resistance fighter in a raid in a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus.

    Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades has vowed revenge for the killing

    An Israeli military source said soldiers shot the man, identified as a member of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, when he opened fire on them while they were trying to arrest him in the Balata camp on Thursday.

    Ala Sanakra, a resistance leader in the camp, said Israeli forces fired first, sparking a gun battle with al-Aqsa fighters.

    It was Israel's first killing of a resistance fighter in more than month. Israeli troops killed three Palestinian youths in disputed circumstances in Gaza and fighters retaliated by firing mortars at Jewish settlements.

    A Palestinian bomber killed five Israelis in Tel Aviv on 25 February. The sporadic violence has marred a de facto truce that followed a summit in early February between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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