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More attacks in Gaza as Palestinian deadline expires

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More attacks in Gaza as Palestinian deadline expires


A deadline for the release of Palestinian prisoners set by militants believed to be holding an Israeli soldier captive has expired. 1,500 had to be freed or there would be unspecified consequences. The Israeli Army rejected the ultimatum and instead augmented its forces along the border with Gaza.

Missile attacks killed one militant in Northern Gaza, while the Islamic University in Gaza City was also targeted. The building is a stronghold of the Hamas party. 19-year-old Corporal Gilad Shalit has been missing for nine days since being captured in a cross-border raid. In a statement, the three Palestinian groups believed to be holding him set a deadline for Israel to start releasing women and children held in its jails, along with a thousand male prisoners.

Israeli troops are reported to have seized at least two Palestinians from a police station in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The men were being held on suspicion of killing a Jewish settler last week.

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