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Jewish settlers attacked

September 28, 2000

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— Two roadside bombs exploded Wednesday next to a convoy of Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip, a settlement leader said. Channel 2 television reported two soldiers were wounded, one seriously.

The convoy was accompanied by Israeli military vehicles and heading for the isolated settlement of Netzarim, south of Gaza City, said Netzarim spokesman Shlomo Kostiner.

Netzarim and the road leading to it through the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip have been constant flashpoints with assailants attacking the vehicles with firebombs and rocks.

Kostiner said the convoy was making a routine trip when two bombs exploded nearby and the vehicles were fired on.

Armed convoys leave every 40 minutes to and from Netzarim, where 60 Israeli families live in the settlement atop a sandy hill. The settlers are banned from entering or leaving the settlement without a military escort.

Palestinians demand that all Israeli settlements be removed from Gaza. Most of them are along the Mediterranean coast, but several, like Netzarim, are isolated and surrounded by Palestinian-controlled territory. Israel controls about one-third of the territory, where about 6,500 settlers live.

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