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Israel on high alert for Passover as Palestinian shot dead

Israeli security forces were placed on high alert ahead of the Passover holiday as troops shot dead a militant and wounded seven other Palestinians in the northern West Bank. The government, meanwhile, kept up its campaign of intimidation against Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, accusing him of being a bigger obstacle to peace than assassinated Hamas chief Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Security was being especially tightened around Jewish settlements in the West Bank after the killing of a Jewish resident of the northern West Bank settlement of Avnei Hefetz early Saturday. The attack was carried out by a member of the radical Islamic movement Hamas, 18-year-old Ramzi Fakhri Arda, who was himself shot dead by troops stationed nearby. Full Story

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