Two Palestinians die as Rice wants to ”improve life” in West Bank
Israeli forces killed two Palestinians who tried to plant a bomb on the Gaza Strip's northern border fence on Saturday, Palestinian hospital officials and a militant faction said. According to Reuters, they identified the men killed near the town of Beit Hanoun as members of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Fatah faction.
Earlier, an Israeli air strike in nearby Gaza City wounded three Palestinians, hospital officials said.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Sunday with Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem. In a joint press conference, Rice addressed the gestures to the Palestinians, saying that she had no criticism of what was being done or not being done. The Israelis and the Palestinians have a joint responsibility to create an atmosphere and a reality in which the Palestinians are committed to Israel's security and Israel is committed to the Palestinians quality of life, the US secretary of state said.
Upon her arrival to Tel Aviv, Rice said Saturday night said on Saturday she would push to ease West Bank restrictions. "The improvement of life on the ground is the piece that I think really has to be pushed forward pretty hard," Rice told reporters. "I am not coming to insert American ideas into this process," Rice added.
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