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Israel, Palestinians Clash in Jenin; UN Backs Arafat

Israeli soldiers battled Palestinian gunmen and demolished the family home of a Hamas suicide bomber on Friday during a house-by-house sweep for militants in a West Bank city. Four Palestinian civilians were wounded — including a girl of 4 and boy of 12 standing nearby — on the second day of the Israeli incursion, witnesses said. There was no word on possible militant casualties. Four soldiers were also wounded. A U.S.-backed peace plan envisaging a Palestinian state in Israeli-occupied territory has been derailed by a relapse into a tit-for-tat violence over the past month, with Washington largely preoccupied by turmoil in Iraq and a budding election campaign. Full Story

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