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|Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teenagers|
|04/17/01 at 10:13:54|
Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teenagers
GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli army sniper shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian with a live bullet to his heart, at a crossing on the Gaza-Israeli border Tuesday, Palestinian hospital sources said.
Earlier, Israeli troops had shot dead another Palestinian teen-ager suspected of stabbing and lightly wounding a soldier at a West Bank checkpoint, Israeli and Palestinian security sources said.
Witnesses to the incident at the Karni commercial crossing in Gaza said no clashes had been occurring when Hamza Abeid was shot. An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was checking the report.
``He fell dead among his friends at the time there were no clashes,'' said a medical worker stationed at what is a flashpoint for Israeli-Palestinian violence.
In the Rafah area in the southern Gaza Strip (news - web sites), witnesses said a 10-year-old boy had been critically wounded in the head by two live rounds shot from an Israeli tank patrolling the border with Egypt.
They said the boy had been shot on the street where he lived as he left home for a private lesson.
The army said it was checking the report.
In the West Bank town of Tulkarm, Israeli troops shot dead 17-year-old Bassam Zaharan, who was visiting from Jordan, after he stabbed a soldier, a Palestinian security source said.
Zaharan's body was taken by Israel and handed over to Palestinian police overnight, the source said.
The Israeli army said in a statement that Zaharan had stabbed a soldier at the edge of the town early Tuesday and fled. It said its forces had searched the area, found him and killed him.
The deaths brought to the number of dead to at least 379 Palestinians, 71 Israelis and 13 Israeli Arabs in nearly seven months of a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation. The violence erupted after peace talks became deadlocked.
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