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Palestinian, Israeli Fighting Continues After Violent Weekend

Palestinians fired a barrage of home-made rockets at this Israeli border town Monday, killing an Israeli man and a 3-year-old boy near a nursery as youngsters were arriving at school. It marked the first time in nearly four years of fighting that Israelis were killed by rockets from Gaza, and harsh Israeli retaliation was expected. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called an emergency security Cabinet meeting for Monday — an indication that he would seek special approval for military action. However, Sharon also told a closed-door meeting of legislators Monday that he is determined to go ahead with a planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and that he would speed up the voluntary evacuation of settlers by making first compensation available immediately, instead of only in August. The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for Monday’s rocket attack, which wounded seven people, including the toddler’s mother, who was in critical condition. Full Story

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