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Saturday, 15 December, 2001, 13:18 GMT
In pictures: Israeli incursion in Gaza
Israeli tanks have occupied the Palestinian town of Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip, sparking violent clashes.

Overnight, the Israeli troops entered the centre of Beit Hanoun, six kilometres into the Palestinian territory, and imposed a curfew on part of the town.

A Palestinian boy points his toy gun at Israeli tanks as the barricades blaze behind him
A Palestinian boy points his toy gun at Israeli tanks as the barricades blaze behind him

A Palestinian gunman fires at Israeli positions
Nearby, a Palestinian gunman uses a real gun to fire at Israeli positions

A wounded Palestinian is evacuated
One of more than 30 wounded Palestinians is evacuated on a stretcher in the outskirts of the town

Palestinian man throws stones at Israeli forces
In a cloud of smoke coming from burning tyres a Palestinian protester throws stones at Israeli troops

A Palestinian boy takes cover as Israeli troops open fire on the outskirts of Beit Hanoun
A boy takes cover as Israeli troops advance on the town

Palestinian protesters run for cover
Others flee after Israeli soldiers fire their weapons on protesters

See also:

15 Dec 01 | Middle East
Israelis move further into Gaza
13 Dec 01 | Middle East
Palestinian leader's house raided
13 Dec 01 | Media reports
Palestinian radio hits back at Israel
13 Dec 01 | Middle East
US and EU to maintain Arafat link
12 Dec 01 | Middle East
Arafat says Sharon has him marked
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