A roadside bomb exploded next to an Israeli bus near a Jewish settlement in the central Gaza Strip on Friday, lightly wounding four passengers, Israeli military sources said. The blast occurred as the bus approached the Netzarim settlement under Israeli military escort, the sources said. The military wing of the militant Islamic group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack over loudspeakers in the nearby Jabalya refugee camp where a rally was underway to protest against a U.S.-sponsored “road map” to peace. Palestinian witnesses said Israeli tankfire was directed at gunmen around Netzarim after the explosion. Settlements build on occupied land have been frequent targets of militants spearheading a near 32-month-old uprising for Palestinian independence. Full Story
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