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Archive for Sunday, June 10, 2007

Palestinian gunmen storm Israeli border

June 10, 2007

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— Palestinian gunmen broke through Israel's heavily fortified Gaza border and battled troops inside Israel for about two hours Saturday in a failed attempt to abduct an Israeli soldier. One of the raiders was killed.

It was the first cross-border incursion since militants killed two soldiers and abducted a third a year ago.

The Israel military said troops shot dead one of the raiders. Palestinians said another three militants escaped back to Gaza unharmed.

The Islamic Jihad group said it carried out Saturday's attack, near the Kissufim crossing between Gaza and Israel, along with the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

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