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Israeli Troops Hit Gaza; Palestinian Forces Battle Hamas

In the Israeli Army’s largest raid into the Gaza Strip since its partial withdrawal in June, troops swept into a central Gaza refugee camp early today and killed a Hamas militant in a firefight. But tonight in Gaza City, it was Palestinian security forces that clashed with Hamas gunmen, in a dispute that demonstrated the turbulence in Palestinian politics. Palestinian hospital officials said at least 13 Palestinians had been wounded, all but three of them civilians. Samir al-Mashharawi, a senior Palestinian official, said Hamas members had burned down a police station and thrown grenades. The Palestinian interior ministry put out a statement saying that on Wednesday, Hamas had kidnapped a security official and that security forces today arrested seven Hamas men in order to interrogate them. Full Story

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