Thursday, February 23, 2006

Agence France Presse (AFP): Préjudice? Nous?
Three more Palestinians shot dead in West Bank

Three more Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops during an army incursion into the Nablus region of the northern West Bank, medical sources said.

The three Palestinians died inside a house that was surrounded by Israeli troops and inside which various explosions were heard [Ed. – probably just some firecrackers], the sources said.

They all belonged to the radical Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a nebulous faction [Ed. - aka murdering rabble] loosely affiliated to Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party.

Medical sources named the dead men as 32-year-old Hamudeh Shtewi, Mohamad al-Surakji, 20, and Mohamad Abu Khamis.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP that troops identified "hitting" three gunmen inside a house in the Balata camp after Palestinians opened fire on soldiers conducting an arrest operation. [Ed. – not sure whether any Israeli soldiers were wounded or killed in the fire fight. If yes, then AFP doesn’t deem that newsworthy. If no, then it would seem the Israeli Army is capable of hitting what it shoots at, while the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades are not. Perhaps these crack Brigades should stick with remotely detonated bombs snuck into Israeli malls, markets, and restaurants]

Two other Palestinians were earlier fatally shot in the Balata refugee camp were Israeli troops were conducting a vast military operation.

The latest death brings the overall toll since the September 2000 start of the intifada to 4,965, more than three-quarters of the dead being Palestinians, according to an AFP count. [Ed. – Strange, no mention of how many of the 1 ,240 dead Israelis were women and children murdered by terror bombings]

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