Israel launches Gaza incursion

Palestinian fighter killed as Israelis enter Gaza for first time since ceasefire.

    Ramez Awad al-Zaanin was killed as he tried
    to plant an explosive device [AFP]

    Israel said it had carried out a limited incursion after three Palestinians were seen trying to plant an explosive charge and said it immediately withdrew its soldiers afterwards.

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    "A unit operating on the Israeli side saw three men placing an explosive charge close to the fence," a spokesman told the AFP news agency.
    "The soldiers penetrated inside the area and exchanged fire with the militants, hitting two of them," he added.

    On Monday, Amir Peretz, the Israeli defence minister, authorised the army to carry out limited operations in the Gaza Strip.

    He told reporters that Israel would "not allow the continued strengthening and arming" of Palestinian groups.

    Some fighters have continued to fire rockets into Israel from the territories despite a ceasefire agreement.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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