Israeli tanks rumbled into Palestinian towns in the West Bank for the second straight day, igniting gun battles that left three Palestinians dead and 21 wounded.
Palestinian leaders accused Israel of stepping up incursions into their territory as the world turned its eyes toward the aftermath of terror attacks in the United States.
The tanks shelled buildings and exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen in Jenin and Jericho in raids the military said were intended to "root out terror."
The attacks came the day after an overnight raid in Jenin and two nearby villages that killed seven Palestinians, including three suspected Islamic militants and an 11-year-old girl. A fourth suspected militant died Thursday of injuries sustained in that assault.