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Israel Probes Jenin Shooting Incident - 2002-06-21


The Israeli army says it made a mistake when it killed three Palestinians, including two young children, at a market in the West Bank town of Jenin.

The Israeli army says it made a mistake when it killed three Palestinians, including two young children, at a market in the West Bank town of Jenin.

The army says it is investigating Friday's incident. Israel says its troops fired two tank shells at what they thought were curfew breakers advancing on them. But Palestinian witnesses say the Palestinians thought the curfew had been lifted.

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his security cabinet upheld their earlier decision to reoccupy and hold Palestinian land until attacks against Israel stop. Israeli forces have so far moved into several cities, including Jenin, Nablus, Bethlehem and Tulkarem.

President Bush condemned the latest series of Palestinian attacks and said Friday that Israel has the right to defend and protect itself.

Earlier Jewish settlers went on a rampage in a West Bank village. They killed one Palestinian in apparent revenge for Thursday's deadly attack by Palestinian gunmen on a Jewish settlement near Nablus.

The settlers were returning from funerals for the five Israelis killed in Thursday's attack. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack. And in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources say a Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli fire. In a separate incident, Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians at an industrial park near the Erez crossing between Israel and Gaza. The Israeli army says soldiers opened fire after a Palestinian threw a grenade at them.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat again appealed to Palestinian militants (Thursday) to end attacks against Israeli civilians, saying such violence only gives Israel an excuse to re-occupy Palestinian land. However, some Palestinian militant groups have vowed to continue their attacks.

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