Israel kills two Hamas members in Gaza Strip, claims to foil bombing attack near Tel Aviv

Published June 25th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Two Palestinians, members of Hamas, were killed Wednesday in a clash with Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun. Two Israeli soldiers wounded in the incident.  


Israeli and Palestinian Authority security officials will meet again Wednesday evening as efforts continue to reach an arragenment for the Palestinians to take security responsibility for the northern Gaza Strip and the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Israel Radio reported.  


Major General Amos Gilad, coordinator of the Israeli government activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, and Mohammed Dahlan, Palestinian Authority minister responsible for security affairs will participate in the meeting, the report said.  


Palestinian sources said that the meeting had been delayed 24 hours at Israel's request, so that it could formulate responses to demands made by the PA.  


Negotiations between Israel and the PA are threatened by the dispute over the north-south route that connects Gaza, Khan Yunis and Rafah, in the talks to transfer security authority to the PA in Gaza Strip. The Isreali army objects the idea of allowing the Palestinians free use of the road, especially in those areas close to settlements. The PA is demanding the checkpoint at the Gush Katif junction be abolished, as well as ending the requirement to use the bypass roads.  


Meanwhile, Israeli security forces on Wednesday arrested two Palestinian activists who apparently managed to infiltrate Israel from the West Bank earlier in the morning and planned to carry out a suicide bombing attack.  


According to Israel's Army Radio, in addition to the two Palestinians a large explosive device was found Wednesday morning in Kfar Qassem and Israeli police forces dismantled it. (

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