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Israeli Raid Kills 3 Palestinians in Gaza


Three Palestinians have been killed and at least 14 others injured during an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

Witnesses say Israeli tanks opened fire as they entered the Khan Younis camp in southern Gaza early Friday, followed by bulldozers that razed several houses.

Israel said the raid was intended to destroy launching points for mortar and rocket attacks into nearby Jewish settlements.

An Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a Gaza building Thursday in Rafah. Israeli military officials say the building housed a workshop used for weapons storage by the militant group Hamas. Palestinians from the area, however, say it was a carpentry shop.

The latest violence comes amid an offer by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to coordinate his Gaza troop withdrawal plan with a future Palestinian government.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.