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Monday, 28 April 2008

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinian militants during a raid on northern Gaza, hours after rejecting a truce offered by Hamas, reports BBC.

Palestinian doctors say a 14-year-old girl died and eight other people were injured in the raid, in Beit Lahiya. They say the casualties included the girl''s mother, but were mostly gunmen involved in clashes with the Israelis.

Reports say the target of the raid was local Hamas leader Hassan Marouf, but the Israeli army refused to comment. The AP news agency quotes witnesses as saying the Israelis seized him from his home amid heavy fighting. The Israeli army said none of its troops were injured.

The raid began before dawn, with an Israeli undercover force entering northern Gaza backed by tanks and aircraft. Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants fired at them with machine guns, mortars and homemade bombs.

On Friday Hamas proposed a six-month "period of quiet" in Gaza, which it said could then be extended to the West Bank.
Israel dismissed the proposal as a ruse to allow Hamas to "re-arm and re-group".

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