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Israeli Boys Slain Near Settlement; U.S. Citizen and Friend, Both 14, Found Battered In a Cave in West Bank
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Minority & ethnic violence; Murders & murder attempts; Palestinians
Author: Lee, Hockstader
Date: May 10, 2001
Start Page: A.01
Section: A SECTION

Asked about the killings, [Yasser Arafat] called attention to a 3-month- old Palestinian girl who was wounded today as she was carried in her mother's arms, apparently hit by shrapnel during a gun battle between Israeli and Palestinian forces. However, Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian official, said in English at a news conference that "killing civilians is a crime, whether on the Palestinian or the Israeli side." The comment was not reported in Arabic-language Palestinian media.

In Gaza, Israeli troops made two incursions today into Palestinian- controlled territory, according to Palestinian police. In one case an Israeli bulldozer razed a one-story home on the outskirts of the Rafah refugee camp, close to the border with Egypt, witnesses said. During the demolition, Israeli tanks fired machine guns toward the area and a tank shell hit a Palestinian police station, the witnesses said.

Palestinian police said Israeli troops also entered Palestinian territory east of Gaza City and ruined Palestinian farmland. The Israeli army said it was looking into the incidents.

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