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Israeli Strikes Kill at Least 5 Palestinians in Gaza, Including Young Mother


Palestinians say two Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip Thursday killed at least four people, including a young mother of three children.

Israel says it fired on three suspected militants who were seen handling a rocket launcher near the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. The rocket launcher had been used a few hours earlier to fire missiles at Israel.

Palestinians say several people were wounded during the Israeli attack.

Israeli troops also stormed a house near Rafah, in southern Gaza, triggering a brief gunbattle with militants. Palestinian medics say a 35-year-old woman was killed and four other people were wounded.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces raided Palestinian banks and the offices of money-exchangers in the occupied West Bank and confiscated nearly $1.5 million.

An Israeli spokesman said the funds came mostly from Iran and were destined for militant groups planning terror attacks in Israel.

In other news, the Jerusalem Post newspaper says tests have confirmed the authenticity of a letter written by a kidnapped Israeli soldier to his father. Palestinian militants captured the soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, in June. Egypt reportedly is trying to negotiate the soldier's release in a possible swap for Palestinian prisoners.

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