1 killed in Gaza car blast
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An explosion ripped through a car in Gaza City on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding four others, officials with the ruling Hamas movement said.
But he said unmanned Israeli aircraft had been flying overhead at the time, and radio stations affiliated with both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant groups claimed there had been an Israeli air strike.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment.
Israel has killed dozens of wanted Palestinian militants — and a similar number of bystanders — in air strikes over the years. But Israel has greatly scaled back its operations since a fierce military offensive in early 2009.
The U.S. hopes that by halting Israeli settlement construction, it can bring the West Bank government back to peace talks. Negotiations broke down in late September, just weeks after they were launched, with the expiration of an earlier Israeli settlement slowdown.
But Israel is seeking further assurances that it will not be required to extend the freeze any further, and that East Jerusalem — the section of the holy city claimed by the Palestinians — not be subject to building restrictions.
An Israeli official said Wednesday those terms have not been finalized.
U.S. envoy David Hale met with Palestinian officials in the West Bank on Wednesday to discuss the emerging deal.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinians would not have any comment until a deal is officially worked out.