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SLUG: 2-292833 Israel / Palestinians
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DATE=08/07/02

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT (short)

TITLE=ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

NUMBER=2-292833

BYLINE= ROSS DUNN

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INTRO: Dozens of Israeli tanks have raided the northern Gaza Strip, firing heavy machine guns and shooting a Palestinian policeman to death. As Ross Dunn reports from Jerusalem, Israel says the operation is part of a sweep for suspected Palestinian militants.

TEXT: Thirty Israeli tanks swept into Beit Lahiya and positioned themselves on the outskirts of the Jabalya refugee camp -- a stronghold of Palestinian militant groups.

Israeli forces had pushed two kilometers into Palestinian ruled-territory and had conducted house-to-house searches for wanted Palestinians.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip had been bracing themselves for an Israeli response, following a suicide bombing by Hamas against a bus in northern Israel, Sunday.

Israel had threatened harsh retaliation against Hamas -- the Islamic Resistance Movement, which uses the Gaza Strip as a key base of operations.

Monday, Israeli helicopter gun-ships fired missiles at what the army said was a Palestinian arms factory in Gaza City. (signed)

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