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By Nidal al-Mughrabi
Israel killed 13 Palestinian militants in air strikes in the Gaza Strip, its most deadly military response in months to frequent rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled territory.
Islamic Jihad, the group behind many of the rocket launchings that have been disrupting life in southern Israel, said four of its members were killed on Tuesday as they walked out of a mosque in the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza.
Hours earlier, air strikes killed seven Islamic Jihad militants, including a senior Gaza commander, prompting the group to threaten suicide bombings inside the Jewish state.
Israel has not been hit by a suicide bombing in 11 months, a respite that helped pave the way for renewed peace efforts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who opposes such attacks.
“I hope these successes will continue,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak, referring to the air strikes, told reporters in Tel Aviv. “Having said that, we must take all precautions against possible retaliation from the other side.”
In Paris, where he attended an international donors meeting that followed last month’s Annapolis peace conference, Abbas called on Israel to stop construction in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
He described the building work as “an obstacle that hampers negotiations.”
Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon said construction was largely limited to settlement blocs Israel intended to keep in any peace deal with the Palestinians.
He said on Army Radio that “targeted killings” in the Gaza Strip help to curb cross-border rocket fire. Israel uses the term to describe attacks on top Palestinian militants.
In the southern Gaza Strip, an air strike killed two Hamas security men. The Israeli army said the attack was in response to mortar bombs fired earlier at southern Israel. It said gunmen also launched five rockets. No one was hurt on the Israeli side.
At a funeral for the Islamic Jihad fighters, gunmen fired in the air, accidentally severing a high-voltage power line. It fell on the crowd, killing one of the mourners and wounding seven others, medical officials said.
As donors meet in Paris to pledge aid to the Palestinian Authority, BBC Middle East analyst Roger Hardy explains the steps being taken to make sure the money will reach those who need it most.
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Pals see Israel as the cause of their economic problems
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(IsraelNN.com) Less than one day after her release from Israeli prison, Hamas terrorist Samar Isbaeh called on Hamas not to release kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, and to kidnap more soldiers.
In a press conference in Beit Hanoun, Isbaeh expressed sorrow at having missed rallies in celebration of 20 years since the establishment of Hamas. She told her audience that she dedicated her release to arch-terrorist Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and other terrorist “martyrs.”
Isbaeh served 28 months in prison for producing bombs and relaying messages between terrorist groups in Gaza and those in Judea and Samaria. Her husband, who helped her in her activities, served six months. Isbaeh was the focus of media attention after giving birth to a son in prison 19 months ago.
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