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Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Missile attack kills 3 Palestinian youths

June 21, 2006

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— An Israeli missile aimed at militants killed three young Palestinians in a refugee camp Tuesday, clouding prospects for a possible meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders later this week when they attend the same breakfast in Jordan.

Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car in the crowded Jebaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon, missing the militants in the car but killing a 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister. A 16-year-old girl also died of her wounds, hospital officials said.

Eight other people were injured in the blast, which Israel's Channel 2 TV said was "another failed assassination attempt, and again innocent civilians were hit." Hundreds of angry Palestinians gathered around the wrecked car in a narrow street.

Israeli and Palestinian officials said the targeted militants were from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, which is linked to the Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The men fled the car before the missile hit, the officials said.

The army said it regretted any civilian casualties caused by the airstrike.

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