One Palestinian killed as Israel uses massive forces in Gaza Strip; Israeli shot dead near Ramallah

Published June 29th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

The body of an Israeli civilian shot once in the chest was found on Tuesday morning in an area north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, the army and Palestinian rescue officials said.  


Police said that that the victim, identified only as a man in his fifties, was a frequent visitor to the region, which like all territory designated Area A, is strictly off-limits to Israels by order of the overall Israeli army West Bank commander.  


Residents of the town of Beit Rima, near the site where the body was found, said the man had sold construction materials in the area. 


An Israeli identification card was found on the man and the truck had Israeli license plates, an army spokesman said. 


Meanwhile, Israel dispatched troops, bulldozers and tanks to the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, after launching a late Monday air strike on a Hamas-linked media center in Gaza City.  


Palestinian security sources said Tuesday that a 25-year-old Palestinian had been killed by Israeli fire.  


The Israeli operation came after the deaths of two Israelis Monday morning, when Hamas gunners fired a Qassam rocket to an Israeli twon located near the Gaza Strip.  


Shortly after midnight Tuesday, Israeli helicopters fired three missiles into a 16-story building housing the Hamas-linked media center Al-Jeel, injuring two people, witnesses said.  


Minutes later, helicopters also fired a missile at a building housing a metal workshop in the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, witnesses said 


The Israeli army confirmed targeting the building, saying in a statement the office was "a communication center which maintained constant contact with terrorists [and] through which Hamas claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks." 


Late on Monday, Israeli troops destroyed two eight-story buildings in the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Strip. (

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