- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 19, 2003

JERUSALEM A Palestinian man fixing a satellite dish on his roof was shot and killed in the Gaza Strip yesterday, Palestinians said. In the West Bank, Israeli troops tracked down and killed another Palestinian, who took part in a deadly attack on a Jewish outpost, the army said.
In the Rafah refugee camp, near Gaza's border with Egypt, soldiers shot toward the Palestinian man, Abdel Karim Mansour, while he was repairing the satellite dish, Palestinian witnesses and doctors said. Two other Palestinians were wounded in the shooting, the doctors said.
Witnesses said soldiers shot after Palestinian youths threw stones and firebombs at nearby troops. The army said it knew of one incident in the area: a Palestinian shooting at an Israeli army lookout that had occurred several hours earlier. The Israeli troops did not return fire, the army said.
Armored Israeli vehicles operated along the border with Egypt near Rafah yesterday as part of efforts to beef up security for the nearby bases, Palestinian witnesses said. The area is extremely tense, with frequent shootings between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces. The army has also demolished many houses used for cover in the area.
In the West Bank town of Hebron, soldiers pursued and then killed a Palestinian who is said to have taken part in a shooting at an illegal outpost near the town on the outskirts of the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.
In the attack, the Palestinian militants, armed with an M-16 and a pistol, knocked on the door of the house Friday night, shooting and killing a man who answered the door, the army said. A 4-year-old girl and two men inside the house were wounded before a guest at the home shot and killed one of the militants, who was masked.
The second militant fled and troops began a hunt for him, killing him early yesterday, the army said.
The home that was attacked was an illegal outpost called "Hill 26" and thus did not have a fence around it or proper security like nearby Kiryat Arba, military officials said on the condition of anonymity. However, Kiryat Arba Mayor Zvi Katzover said the outpost was within settlement limits.
The army has dismantled several illegal outposts that Jewish settlers have set up around the West Bank, saying they should not be there, and are extremely difficult for the army to defend against Palestinian attacks.
The militant group Hamas took responsibility for the attack Friday, saying it came in response to Israeli military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas Palestinians want for a state.
Israel has occupied seven of the eight Palestinian towns in the West Bank in recent months in response to attacks, imposing curfews that confine Palestinians to their homes for days at a time and demolishing houses of those suspected of being militants.
Hebron is a frequent flash point because it is divided. There are several Israeli-controlled enclaves, where about 450 Jewish settlers live near the center of a city that is home to 130,000 Palestinians. Also, several thousand Jewish settlers live in Kiryat Arba, just outside Hebron.


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