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June 9, 2007 | From Reuters
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager and wounded a man near here Friday, residents, medical personnel and the army said. Residents said the two were hunting at the time and were not known to be connected to any militant group. Medics said the dead youth was 17 and the wounded man is 25. An Israeli army spokesman said troops spotted a number of men firing weapons and targeted them. He said Palestinians carrying weapons were seen as a threat.
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March 9, 2007 | From Reuters
Israeli soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian girl as a "human shield" during an operation against militants in the West Bank city of Nablus last week, an Israeli human rights group said Thursday. The Israeli army said it was checking the report from the B'Tselem group, which monitors Israeli actions in the occupied territory. Israeli law bans the military from using human shields.
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March 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Khalil Shilo, a member of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, was among 18 men arrested by Israeli troops in a raid on Palestinian military headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Shilo, whose group is a violent offshoot of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, had been on the run since the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in 2000.
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March 7, 2007 | Special to The Times
Israeli troops raided a Palestinian military compound here early today and detained at least 40 men in one of the biggest operations in the Palestinian Authority capital in five years. Soldiers in dozens of vehicles and two bulldozers surrounded a branch of the Palestinian military intelligence agency during the 2:45 a.m. assault and met little resistance, Israeli and Palestinian spokesmen said.
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March 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A 5-day-old Israeli military raid ended here Thursday, officials said, after soldiers scoured the crowded Old City for militants and confined tens of thousands of residents to their homes with a curfew. Before the pullout, Israeli troops exchanged fire with armed men in a mosque and stormed an apartment building where gunmen were thought to be hiding.
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March 1, 2007 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian militants Wednesday during a raid in the West Bank town of Jenin, and also entered Nablus for the second time this week. In Jenin, undercover Israeli forces attempted to arrest two members of the militant group Islamic Jihad allegedly involved in planning a foiled suicide bombing in Tel Aviv last week, Israeli officials said. But the troops were shot at and returned fire, killing the pair and a man who was with them, the officials said.
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February 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Three American women were kidnapped in the West Bank city of Nablus and released later in the evening, Palestinian security officials said. A man identifying himself as Hadi Saud said he was the kidnapper. He demanded to be given a job in the Palestinian security forces and medication for a shooting injury. He provided no proof that he had kidnapped the women. The three arrived unharmed at the office of the governor of Nablus. Two were identified as Janet Miller and Gillian Rose, both 26.
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December 27, 2006 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Israel has approved construction of new housing for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, officials said Tuesday, drawing protests from Palestinian leaders and Israeli peace activists who said the decision violated a 3-year-old pledge to the United States to freeze settlement activity. Israeli officials insisted that there was no such breach, saying the site of the new homes for 100 families in the northern Jordan Valley had been a Jewish settlement since 1981.
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November 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The first privately owned English-language daily newspaper in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the Palestine Times, was launched Monday, with its editors saying they aim to provide news about the region to readers abroad. The 12-page newspaper will cover Palestinian affairs, including the conflict with Israel and developments in the Arab community in Israel, said its editor in chief, Othman Haj Mohammed. The newspaper is not affiliated with any Palestinian parties, Mohammed said.
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November 22, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
An Israeli peace group said Tuesday that it had obtained government data showing that nearly 40% of land covered by Jewish settlements in the West Bank is privately owned by Palestinians, including big portions of blocs that Israel intends to keep under any future peace agreement.
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