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Israeli Coalition Deal Expected as Troops Kill at Least 11 Palestinians in Gaza Attack


Israel's ruling Likud bloc and the opposition Labor Party are set to meet Saturday on final details of a national unity government.

Spokesmen for both parties say they agreed Friday on a deal that will give Labor eight Cabinet-level posts, including party leader Shimon Peres as deputy prime minister.

Political observers say a shift to a broad coalition government will broaden support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Political observers say a shift to a broad coalition government will broaden support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, an Israeli military incursion into a Gaza refugee camp entered a second day Saturday. Three more Palestinians are killed by Israeli troops Saturday, bringing the two-day death toll to 11. Dozens more have been wounded.

Israel says the operation is meant to stop Palestinian militants from firing mortars and rockets into nearby Jewish settlements.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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