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Israeli killed in W Bank shooting
Map of Israel, West Bank and Gaza, showing Jenin
An Israeli soldier has been shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the northern West Bank.

The attack took place near the Mevo Dotan settlement, between the Palestinian towns of Tulkarm and Jenin.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant group said it carried out the attack in retaliation for Israel's killing of one of its leaders last month.

Meanwhile the Israeli army shot dead two Palestinian militants it said were trying to plant a bomb in Gaza.

An army spokesman said the two men had been spotted crawling toward Gaza's border fence with Israel.

Branded a traitor

In the West Bank shooting, a soldier was hit from a passing car which then sped off, Israeli medical sources said.

Mevo Dotan is one of four Israeli settlements scheduled for evacuation under Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan.

Mr Sharon is facing strong opposition from settlers over the evacuation, which also includes 21 settlements in Gaza.

Mr Sharon says the pullout will enhance Israel's security in the absence of peace negotiations. But his critics have branded him a traitor who is giving in to terrorism.

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