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Militants Kill Israeli Troops in Second Gaza Ambush

Palestinian militants blew up an armored vehicle killing five Israeli soldiers in southern Gaza Wednesday, witnesses said, in the second lethal ambush against the Middle East’s strongest army in as many days. The al-Arabiya satellite television station reported six Israeli soldiers were killed in Rafah, a militant hotbed. The Israeli army confirmed one of its armored vehicles was hit by an explosion and reported casualties, without elaborating. The ambush occurred as Israeli forces were blasting their way into buildings in Gaza City in the north of the territory in a search for the body parts of six comrades blown up when their armored vehicle ran over a mine laid by militants Tuesday. The new spiral of deadly violence in Gaza since Tuesday intensified Israeli debate over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s vow to pursue a landmark plan to remove settlers from the territory despite its rejection by rightists in his own party. Full Story

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