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Jenin Square Named After Iraqi Bomber

A square in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin has been named after an Iraqi suicide bomber who killed four U.S. troops over the weekend, camp officials said Tuesday. The naming of the square is part of a weeklong commemoration of the first anniversary of 11 days of fighting between Israeli troops and about 150 gunmen in the camp. The April 2002 battle was one of the toughest in 30 months of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Fifty-two Palestinians and 23 Israeli soldiers were killed, and large patches of the Jenin camp were ruined. On Monday, a small square in the camp was named after Ali Joafar al-Noamani, a non-commissioned Iraqi officer who blew himself up Saturday at a U.S. checkpoint in southern Iraq, killing four U.S. troops. The bombing symbolizes the close ties between Iraqis and Palestinians, said Akram Abu Esbaa, organizer of the commemorations. Full Story

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