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Nablus Under Israeli Curfew for 2nd Day, at Least 20 Palestinians Detained

26 February 2007

Israeli troops are enforcing a curfew in the West Bank city of Nablus for a second day as they conduct more house-to-house searches for Palestinian militants and weapons.

Palestinians say Israeli gunfire killed a Palestinian man in his 40s and wounded his son Monday in their home in the old city of Nablus. Israeli officials say they are checking the incident.

Palestinians say at least three Nablus residents were wounded Sunday by Israeli troops. Israel says two soldiers were wounded while fighting militants.

Israeli military vehicles entered Nablus early Sunday. Since then, troops have detained more than 20 Palestinians, including two people Israel says are wanted militants.

In another development, Israeli authorities say they believe an Israeli man stabbed to death Sunday in the West Bank was killed in a Palestinian militant attack.

The man's body was found on a road between a Palestinian village and a Jewish settlement Gush Etzion.

Israel's army says the Nablus operation could last several days and is aimed at preventing terrorist cells in the West Bank from carrying out attacks against Israelis.

Palestinian officials have condemned the raid, warning it could spark a new cycle of violence and undermine efforts to revive the peace process.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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