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Israelis Kill Palestinian in Search for Tunnels

One Palestinian was killed and at least five were wounded as Israel troops traded sporadic gunfire with militants and searched for smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip for a second day on Saturday. Late Saturday night, dozens of Israeli tanks and armored troop carriers pulled out of the Rafah refugee camp, and it appeared that the main thrust of the operation was over. Altogether, 8 Palestinians were killed and more than 50 were wounded in the two days of clashes. But an Israeli military official said some troops would remain in the area of Rafah, which is next to the border with Egypt. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader, held talks with his new prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, and senior leaders in their Fatah movement, but were unable to settle internal political disputes over the new cabinet headed by Mr. Qurei, Palestinian officials said Saturday night. Mr. Arafat is facing criticism from several quarters, and a quick resolution appeared unlikely. Full Story

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