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Palestinian shot dead in W. Bank as Hamas doubts truce deal by Thursday

Published February 5th, 2009 - 07:51 GMT

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian at his home in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, a Palestinian security official said. According to Reuters, an Israeli military spokesman said the man belonged to the Islamic Jihad group and was suspected of involvement in attacks against Israelis.


The Palestinian official identified the victim as Al'a Abu al-Rob, 23, who lived in the village of Qabatiya, near the West Bank city of Jenin.


Meanwhile, Hamas doubted Egypt could complete a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza on Thursday, Egypt's original target date. Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk told the Qatar-based channel Al Jazeera the movement still needed clarifications on how far Israel might go towards ending the blockade of Gaza.


Abu Marzouk said: "There is still much Israeli intransigence ... so I don't believe there will be the start of a truce tomorrow." "There are not enough guarantees for opening the crossing points and there are ambiguous expressions which need to be clarified, and so more clarity is needed," he added.


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