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Four Palestinians killed in Gaza
A Palestinian youth throws rocks at Israeli tanks in Nablus
The Israeli army has imposed curfews on refugee camps near Nablus
At least four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, during a day of violence across the occupied territories.

The Israeli army says it shot two men planting explosives near the border fence close to Jabaliya refugee camp.

Another was killed in a helicopter strike in Khan Yunis, while a fourth was shot dead in a school playground.

In the West Bank, gun battles were reported after dozens of Israeli armoured vehicles entered Jenin.

Witnesses said as many as 70 armoured vehicles took part in the raid on the town and the nearby refugee camp.

Soldiers searched a private hospital and took over several buildings, including a school and a government office.

A number of arrests were made during the operation, which was carried out to target "wanted terrorists", the Israeli military said.

The central Gaza Strip was rocked by a huge blast in the early evening when an Israeli missile hit a car driving near Khan Yunis.

There are reports that at least one person was killed in the attack, which Palestinian security sources said targeted a member of the Popular Resistance Committee military group.

Muhammed Abu Nasira, a local leader of the PRC, was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, reports said, while one of his associates was killed

In other incidents:

  • Israeli police arrest a settler who killed a Palestinian taxi driver near Nablus, in the West Bank

  • an Arab-Israeli translator for CNN is kidnapped in Gaza City by a group of armed men

  • two stone-throwing Palestinian protesters are reported killed by Israeli troops in a refugee camp in Nablus

  • three rockets fired from near Khan Yunis land in the southern Israeli town of Sderot without causing casualties.

School visit

Saeed al-Madhoun, 62, was visiting one of Khan Yunis refugee camp's elementary schools to talk to a caretaker there when he was killed by a bullet that hit him in the stomach.

Palestinian officials said the fire had come from Israeli soldiers on the camp's perimeter.

The army denies shooting at the school, and says it only opened fire at a group of Palestinian militants a long way from the school preparing to attack a nearby Israeli settlement.

Mr Madhoun's death was the second fatal shooting being blamed on the Israeli army in less than a month.

Last week a nine-year-old girl died of a head wound sustained earlier in September. The United Nations said the fire came from Israeli troops, although the Israelis said it could have come from Palestinian militants.

Two days ago another young girl survived being shot in the head as she sat at her desk.


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