Israeli troops kill Hamas gunman in Gaza

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Gaza, Oct 29: Israeli troops killed a gunman belonging to the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip today, the ruling Palestinian faction said.

An Israeli army spokesman said troops fired at two gunmen near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis but did not know whether they had been killed or wounded.

Israeli troops regularly stage raids into Gaza to try to prevent Palestinian militants from firing short-range rockets across the border into the Jewish state.

Hospital officials said a Palestinian civilian was wounded in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun by gunfire from an Israeli unit on the border. The army had no immediate comment.

Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from the Fatah forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in June.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, a soldier was wounded when his patrol was attacked by Palestinian gunmen, the army said. Troops detained three residents of the town of Nablus on suspicion of militant links.


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