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Israel Issues List of Wanted Palestinians

Israel has published a most-wanted list of seven Palestinians accused of planning terrorist attacks against Jews. The move follows a wave of violence that left three Palestinians and one Israeli dead.

The Israeli Defense Ministry says the seven Palestinians are planning to carry out attacks, despite appeals to the Palestinian Authority to arrest them.

Israel accuses the Palestinian activists of being involved in offenses including shootings, bombings, and mortar assaults.

So far, the Palestinian Authority has not staged a crackdown against Palestinian militants, and Israel's military has carried out targeted killings of activists it believes are responsible for attacks against Israel.

Palestinians say Israel has assassinated dozens of militants since the uprising against Israeli occupation erupted last September.

Israel's policy of targeted attacks has been strongly condemned by the United States, members of the European Union and other countries.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defends the practice, calling it a - defensive, counter-terrorist measure. Israel's Minister of Public Security, Uzi Landau, says targeted killings are a matter of self-defense. "We will take every possible means to protect ourselves and see that these people on the way to kill us will be intercepted," he said.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers captured a Palestinian in the West Bank. The army says the man was on his way to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer says the man was to receive an explosive device from an activist in the militant group Hamas.

That activist was killed Sunday by missiles fired from Israeli combat helicopters in the West Bank town of Tulkarm.

In a separate incident, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man near Tulkarm. The army says the man was planting a roadside bomb when he was shot.

Late Sunday, Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli woman and wounded four others during an ambush in the northern part of the West Bank.

In response, Israeli tanks fired shells at Palestinian police posts in the nearby city of Qalqilya. There was no report of casualties.