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Israel army kills 10 Palestinians, injures 45 in Gaza

RIA Novosti

27/06/2007 13:47 GAZA/TEL AVIV, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - Israeli troops killed at least 10 Palestinians and wounded 45 in a firefight in eastern Gaza Wednesday morning.

Palestinian authorities said seven were killed in clashes with Israeli army units in eastern Gaza and three in the south of the Palestinian enclave, the majority of them activists of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements.

They said earlier today another Islamic Jihad activist was killed in an air strike, but Israeli military command denied carrying out any air strikes in the area.

At least 115 people have been killed and hundreds injured in armed clashes between Hamas and the pro-presidential Fatah movement in Gaza since early June.

Hamas has ousted Fatah forces and now controls Gaza. Fatah, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, who has dissolved the coalition Cabinet with the Islamists and established an emergency government, is in control of the West Bank. Abbas asked Israel Monday to allow Palestinian troops now based in Jordan into the West Bank.

The new Fatah government, led by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, has received the backing of most Western nations and of the more moderate Arab states.

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