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Latest update : 2008-04-19

Three Palestinians were killed and at least five Israeli soldiers wounded on Saturday after a raid on a Gaza crossing by a suicide car bomber. It is the fifth attempt in the past week to raid crossings through which humanitarian aid is received.

Three Palestinians were killed and at least five Israeli soldiers wounded on Saturday when a suicide bomber and other militants raided a Gaza crossing, witnesses and the army said.
Several militants attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing at the southern end of the territory under the cover of mortar fire and heavy fog after the bomber blew up a vehicle at the scene, an army spokeswoman told AFP.
Three Palestinians were killed in the explosion and in exchanges of fire with Israeli forces, she said.
At least five Israeli soldiers were wounded in the attack, which came just a day after Palestinian militants attempted to raid the same crossing.
It was the fifth time in the past week that militants had attacked crossings through which humanitarian aid is supplied to Gaza, the spokeswoman said.
Last Wednesday two Israeli civilians were killed when Palestinian militants raided the Nahal Oz crossing through which fuel is supplied to the impoverished territory.
Earlier on Saturday, a member of the armed wing of the Islamist Hamas movement was killed in an Israeli air strike during a brief armoured incursion into the Hamas-ruled territory, Palestinian security sources said.
He was identified as Imad Abu Amar, 22.
At least 414 people have now been killed since Israel and the Palestinians relaunched formal peace talks at a US-hosted conference in November, according to an AFP count.

Date created : 2008-04-19