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Israeli Troops Kill 5 More Palestinians in Gaza  - 2004-10-08


An Israeli helicopter strike has killed two Palestinian teenagers in the northern Gaza Strip, as the military continues a major offensive to try to stop militants from firing rockets into nearby Jewish settlements.

Residents of the Jabalya refugee camp say one of the teens was a militant.

Israel's military says it fired on a group of gunmen who were trying to plant a bomb.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian boy died Friday from injuries sustained when an Israeli tank fired on the refugee camp last week. A 10-year-old girl was killed by Israeli gunfire in the same area today.

In a separate incident, officials say Palestinian militants shot and killed a Palestinian working on a farm in a Jewish settlement in southern Gaza.

More than 80 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since the Gaza offensive began last week.