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Israeli Army, Palestinian Militants Fight in Hebron

Israeli troops fought Palestinian gunmen in the divided West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday after a soldier was killed in an ambush, witnesses and military sources said. Violence in a 29-month-old Palestinian militant campaign for independence went on as Palestinian lawmakers prepared to present a bill creating the post of prime minister to President Yasser Arafat for ratification. International mediators had demanded Palestinians name a prime minister to carry out sweeping reforms seen as crucial to curbing the violence and reviving peace talks with Israel. Arafat indicated during voting on the law on Monday that he intended to retain ultimate control over peace moves, foreign policy and security services. U.S. officials rejected that idea, saying reforms would depend on Arafat ceding such powers. In Hebron, Palestinian gunmen opened fire late on Monday at a group of Israeli troops near the Cave of the Patriarchs, the traditional burial place of biblical patriarch Abraham. Full Story

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