Three Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

Date: 10-26-06

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops operating in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security and medical sources said.

Ahmed al-Bureim, 18, was killed by gunfire during an Israeli incursion into the small town of Abassan in the southern Gaza Strip, said a medical source, who was unable to say whether the teenager was carrying a weapon or was an unarmed civilian.

Lami Abu Lahia, 27, a member of the Palestinian national security force, was killed earlier in the day, not far from Abbassan, the sources said.

The Israeli army confirmed its forces were operating in southern Gaza as part of an ongoing offensive launched after the abduction of a soldier in a cross-border raid near Gaza on June 25.

In Beit Hanun, in the north, 37-year-old farmer Suheil al-Majdalawi was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers while in his fields, a medical source said Thursday.

The army said its forces identified three people "acting in a suspicious way 100 metres (yards) from the security fence" near Beit Hanun.

"The forces called on them to stop, they didn't stop, the forces fired at them and identified hitting some of them," said an army spokesman.

In other violence, an Israeli reserve soldier was moderately wounded in exchanges of fire with Palestinians early Thursday, an army spokeswoman said.

And in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli was lightly wounded when his car was shot at near the Jewish settlement of Telem, some eight kilometers (five miles) west of the southern city of Hebron, a military source said.

No other details of the incident were immediately available.

Thursday's deaths bring to 5,454 the number of people killed since the start of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, the vast majority of them Palestinians, according to an AFP count.


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