Hamas activist killed in Khan Yunis; PA minister calls to halt attacks on civilians including settlers

Published December 10th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli forces killed early Teusday a Hamas member in the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. Yassin al-Agha hid on the roof of a building in the Khan Yonis refugee camp when Israeli troops conducted searches, the army said in a statement. When soldiers tried to arrest al-Agha, he fled and soldiers shot him, the army said, according to AP.  


In searches carried out after al-Agha's death, soldiers found a bag with pipe bombs and an automatic weapon, the army said. T 


Later, about a dozen tanks and a bulldozer re-entered the camp and arrested three Palestinians, witnesses said. A 35-year-old man whose two brothers were among those arrested was beaten by soldiers, Palestinian police said. The injured man was taken to the hospital with two broken legs, hospital officials said.  


Earlier, Israeli troops arrested an Islamic Jihad activist near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, Israeli military sources said.  


In Nablus, Palestinian sources said a 25-year-old woman was killed by Israeli gunfire, as she was traveling in a car with her husband in yhis West Bank town.  


In another development, Fuad Shubaki, the senior PA official who was accused by Israel of financing the Karine A weapons ship was ordered released by a Palestinian court in Ramallah.  


Shubaki, who has been held in a PA prison in Jericho since last May, petitioned the court asking to be released on grounds that his detention was illegal.  


Shubaki argued that he is innocent and has repeatedly denied any link to the Karine A, which was intercepted by the Israeli army earlier this year as it was on its way to the Gaza Strip carrying tons of weapons.  


Meanwhile, Palestinian Planning Minister Nabil Shaath said Monday attacks on all Israeli civilians must stop, including those on Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Stopping targeting Israeli civilians is a step that needs to be implemented," Shaath said.  



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