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Wednesday, 10 July, 2002, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Gunmen kill Israeli officer
Israeli soldiers guard two blindfolded Palestinians at an army base in the northern Gaza Strip settlement of Dugit
Palestinian militants have continued attacks in Gaza
An Israeli army officer has been shot dead by gunmen in the south of the Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian youth was also reported killed on Wednesday in a separate incident in the West Bank.

Captain Haggai Lev, 24, was killed as troops searched for tunnels used by arms smugglers on the border between Gaza and Egypt.

A Palestinian group, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, claimed responsibility for the shooting.

Israeli media said Lev was a deputy commander of a reconnaissance company in the army's Givati Brigade.

Palestinian sources report that a 19-year-old man was shot dead in Hebron in the West Bank by machine-gun fire from an Israeli tank.

The tank had opened fire to disperse people violating a curfew, the sources said. The Israeli army has not commented on the incident.


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