Palestinian woman shot dead; Hamas, Fatah set to resume talks
In the southern Gaza Strip, Nahla Aqel, 41, was killed Sunday evening by Israeli fire in a street while on her way to neighbours for an Eid al-Fitr holiday meal near the Jewish settlement of Rafah Yam, Palestinian medical sources said.
Her daughter, and two sons were wounded in the shooting near the Egyptian border, the sources said. They said Israeli soldiers deployed at the settlement had told the family to go home, and then fired in their direction.
The Palestinian leadership reacted in anger, slamming the death as another example of Israel's "state terrorism."
Elsewhere, two Israeli soldiers were injured late Sunday when a blast rocked their jeep and they came under gunfire near the West Bank town of Tulkarem in an attack claimed by the Islamic Jihad.
Meanwhile, discussions between Hamas and Fatah were expected to resume "as soon as possible", international cooperation and planning minister Nabil Shaath said.
"We are planning to have a meeting with Hamas in Gaza as soon as possible and talks in Cairo will take place next week at the latest," he told AFP.
He noted the discussions would attempt to secure a commitment by Hamas for an end to attacks against civilians and for the creation of "an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital within the 1967 borders only."
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