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Palestinian Leader Abbas in Gaza Strip

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in the Gaza Strip for talks aimed at preserving a four-month Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire following two days of new violence.

Mr. Abbas arrived in the Gaza Strip hours after witnesses saw an Israeli aircraft fire missiles at suspected Hamas militants who were apparently preparing to fire rockets at Israeli targets.

There were no reports of casualties in the air strike near the Khan Younis refugee camp.

Also Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz met Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Yousef to discuss ways of preserving the ceasefire and preparing the upcoming Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip.

Five people were killed in violence on Tuesday, the deadliest since Israel and Palestinian groups began observing a ceasefire four months ago.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.