At least eight Palestinians died on Wednesday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
At least three Palestinians were killed and others were wounded early Wednesday as Israeli tanks shelled houses in the northern Gaza Strip.
The tanks shelled the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. In the first incident, locals said Abdullah Yusuf Qahman was killed. About two hours later, Hamdan Ubaid (Abu Ismai'l) and his son Hamouda were also killed.
Another Palestinian died Wednesday of wounds sustained earlier this week.
Later in the day, at least three Palestinian fighters infiltrated the hothouses of the south Gaza Strip settlement of Kfar Darom, Israeli sources said.
One of them was killed in an exchange of fire with occupation troops called to the scene. The troops surrounded a building near the hothouses in which two fighters were hiding. The two were later killed.
A hothouse worker from Thailand was injured in this incident. He was hit in the stomach and leg, Israel Radio reported. He died later in an Israeli hospital.
The infiltration was discovered shortly after Palestinians fired an anti-tank missile and mortar shell at Kfar Darom in mid-morning.
In the West Bank village of Saida, near Tulkarem, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian, who threw a Molotov cocktail at them. Another Palestinian was wounded.
Meanwhile, Washington on Tuesday vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution demanding that Israel stop its massive operation in the Gaza Strip that has killed so far scores of Palestinians. 11 nations supported the draft while Britain, Germany and Romania abstained. U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Danforth said "Once again, the resolution is lopsided and unbalanced." (albawaba.com)
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