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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian, Further Straining Fragile Ceasefire

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian militant at a West Bank refugee camp, further straining a fragile ceasefire between the two sides.

Palestinians say the man killed near Nablus was a member of the militant group Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. Militant groups are now discussing whether to continue honoring the ceasefire after three Palestinian teenagers were killed in a separate incident Saturday in Gaza.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Thursday ordered Palestinian security services to unify under the Palestinian government.  Israel and Washington have long called for security reforms.  More than one dozen separate security factions now operate independently.

Also today, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva urged Israel to stop building settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.  The United States voted against the resolution, calling it "biased."  However, President Bush recently called for a halt to the settlement construction.

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

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