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Israel kills Gaza militants

Last updated: 2004-10-01



At least five Palestinians have been killed today in the Israeli military's continuing push into the Gaza Strip's largest refugee camp, Jabalya.

The five were killed in two missile strikes. Israeli military officials say the strikes were directed at militants preparing attacks of their own.

Scores of Israeli tanks and troops moved into the northern part of Gaza Friday, trying to halt militant rocket attacks on Israel. Government officials indicated the offensive will broaden if the rocket attacks continue.

Palestinian militants later fired makeshift rockets into Sderot in southern Israel. No casualties were reported.

Sderot is where two Israeli children were killed in a Palestinian rocket attack on Wednesday. That attack prompted this latest Israeli offensive.

On Thursday, at least 28 Palestinians were killed along with three Israelis in the Gaza fighting.

Since the start of the Palestinian uprising four years ago this week, some 3,300 Palestinians and 950 Israelis have died in the violence.

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