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Child Killed in Israeli-Palestinian Violence - 2004-05-22

In the West Bank, a Palestinian suicide bomber has blown himself up, injuring at least four people, while in Gaza, Palestinian witnesses say Israeli troops killed a Palestinian child.

In the West Bank incident, the Israeli army says the suicide bomber detonated his explosives near an army checkpoint, injuring one Israeli soldier and three Palestinians.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which happened not far from a Jewish settlement.

Meanwhile, in the beleaguered Rafah refugee camp in Gaza, Palestinian witnesses say a little girl has been killed by Israeli army gunfire. The child, who witnesses say was no more than four-years-old, was killed when she went to a nearby store to get candy.

The army said it did not know about any shooting in the area, but was investigating.

The child's death brings to at least 41, the number of Palestinians killed this week since Israel began its offensive in the camp to find and destroy weapons smuggling tunnels from Egypt to Gaza.

Saturday, the Israeli military said it has uncovered a smuggling tunnel in Rafah. It would be the first tunnel the army has found since the launch of this week's raid which destroyed or damaged dozens of homes, leaving hundreds of Palestinians homeless.