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Fatah-Linked Gunmen Claim Killing of Israeli

A militant group affiliated with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s Fatah faction claimed responsibility for killing an Israeli near the West Bank town of Jenin on Thursday. A member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said its gunmen carried out the ambush, the latest incident in a surge of violence. The shooting came hours before Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was to demand new powers to promote peace talks with Israel in a pitch to parliament likely to deepen a confrontation with Arafat. Abbas has said his demands are essential to the future of a U.S.-backed peace plan to end three years of violence and pave the way to a Palestinian state by 2005. Full Story

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