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Latest update : 2008-03-04

Violence flared up again in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, as Israeli forces backed by helicopters clashed with Hamas gunmen east of the town of Khan Yunis. France 24's correspondent Guillaume Auda reports.


Israeli forces backed by helicopters clashed with Hamas gunmen on Tuesday evening after several tanks entered the Gaza Strip east of the town of Khan Yunis, witnesses said.
  
Hamas forces opened fire with small arms and mortars at the Israeli forces that entered southern Gaza near the Kissufim crossing between Israel and the Hamas-ruled territory, the witnesses said.
  
According to Palestinian security sources, Israeli troops were laying siege to a house of a member of the radical Islamic Jihad movement in the village of al-Karara, several hundred metres (yards) from the border.
  
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army.
  
The incursion came as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks with visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who had earlier called for Israel to  be "very cognizant of the effects of its operations on innocent people" after a previous incursion killed more than 120 people, 22 of them children.
  

Date created : 2008-03-04

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