JERUSALEM April 7 —
Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man who approached
the fence of a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip overnight, the
military said Monday.
Soldiers were patrolling the fence of the Jewish settlement of
Netzarim in Gaza overnight when they saw two figures, the military
said. They fired on the men and saw that one had been shot.
During searches early Monday, troops found the body of a
Palestinian about 70 yards from the Jewish settlement of Netzarim,
the military said. He was armed with a knife.
Armed Palestinians repeatedly have infiltrated Jewish settlements
in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, attacking settlers and soldiers
they say are legitimate targets in their struggle for
Meanwhile, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Israeli
troops demolished four houses and Palestinians clashed with police
who were on hand to make sure the demolitions went ahead.
One resident barricaded himself in his house and threatened to
blow himself up, police said. The man was removed by force.
Three activists from the Israeli Committee Against House
Demolitions also locked themselves in a house. One was arrested,
police said. No injuries were reported.
Twenty people were left homeless, a committee spokesman said.
Jerusalem officials said two of the houses were built illegally
on public land, while the other two were built without permission.
Palestinians have accused Israel of being stingy with building
permits, saying it is trying to restrict Palestinian growth in
Also Monday, in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, troops arrested
Maslama Thabet, a member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militia
linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization,
Palestinian and Israeli sources said.
Israel accuses Thabet of killing two Israeli restaurant owners
who entered Tulkarem at the beginning of the Palestinian uprising 30
months ago. Thabet admitted to the killing in an interview in April
2001 and said it was revenge for the killing of his uncle, Thabet
Thabet, in 2000.
Thabet Thabet, the Fatah leader in Tulkarem, was slain by Israeli
|Israeli soldiers take cover
behind a wall, during an operation in which army forces
performed house searches for Palestinian militants wanted by
Israel, in Salem near the West Bank town of Nablus, Monday,
April 7, 2003. (AP Photo/Nasser
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