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Israeli Soldiers Shoot 3 Palestinians Near Gaza-Israel Border


Israeli military officials say Israeli soldiers have shot and killed one Palestinian and wounded two others on the Gaza Strip border.

An Israeli army spokesman said Saturday the soldiers opened fire when three men appeared to be about to plant an explosive device on a fence, east of Gaza City. He said the two wounded Palestinians were taken to an Israeli hospital for medical treatment and questioning.

Military officials also say Israeli soldiers detained five unarmed Palestinian men Saturday as they crossed into Israeli territory from Gaza, apparently looking for work.

In another development, Palestinian officials said today Israel plans to grant amnesty to 110 militants after they pledged to renounce violence against the Jewish state.

There is no immediate word from Israel.

Israel has offered amnesty to about 250 militants and other fugitives in recent weeks. Most are members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' moderate Fatah Party.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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