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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 05:13 GMT 06:13 UK
Israel rocked by fresh attacks
Scene of Herzliya attack
Police search the scene of the attack in Herzliya
An Israeli teenage girl was killed and about eight others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a restaurant in the town of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.

In the Gaza Strip, one Palestinian was shot by Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Netzarim, just south of Gaza City.

"Three men approached the road which leads to Netzarim and the army identified them as armed, so they opened fire," an Israeli military spokesman said.

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Also in Gaza, an eight-year-old Palestinian boy was shot dead and two others wounded by Israeli troops in Gaza City, according to Palestinian hospital sources.

The Israeli military said soldiers were returning Palestinian fire.

Condemnation

Tuesday evening's blast ripped through a restaurant in the centre of Herzliya on the corner of Socolov street and Ben Gurion street.

The Palestinian Authority immediately issued a statement condemning attacks on civilians inside Israel, which it said played into the hands of the Israeli government with its policy of retaliation.

Eyewitness Joel Leyden told the Associated Press news agency that the target of the attack had been a small restaurant selling Middle Eastern food.

The BBC's Jonny Dymond, in Jerusalem, said that the number of casualties could have been higher.

The bomber had not fully entered the restaurant and not all the explosives had detonated.

Militant leader arrested

Israel has announced the arrest in Ramallah of the deputy leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), whom it named as Abdul Rahim Mallouh.

Palestinian sources confirmed that Mr Mallouh - who is also a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) - was picked up at his home along with two other men.

The PFLP's leader, Ahmed Saadat, is already in jail in the West Bank town of Jericho under international guard.

New US vision

Tuesday's violence took place as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was in Washington putting his case for taking a strong line with Palestinians in response to continued suicide attacks.

US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, said on Tuesday that the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, will visit Washington later this week, for talks with President Bush.

Mr Powell said that the meeting will "complete this round of consultations", and Mr Bush will then announce "his vision of how to move forward".

In the past few days, Mr Bush has discussed the situation in the Middle East with Egypt's President, Hosni Mubarak, and the Israeli prime minister.

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