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Israel charges Palestinian in U.S. embassy bomb plot

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Palestinian man was charged on Tuesday in connection with what Israel says was a plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv discussed during contacts with a militant in Hamas Islamist ruled Gaza. The charge sheet submitted to Jerusalem district court did not suggest any practical steps were taken to carry out an attack.

Two killed as Israel targets Gaza militant

An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians including one militant in northern Gaza early Wednesday, medics said, just hours after a blunt warning from Israel's prime minister. Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, named the two as Ahmad al-Zaanin, 21, and Mahmud al-Zaanin, 23, and said they died when a missile struck their car as they were driving around the northern town of Beit Hanun.

Gaza militant killed 'by Israel drone'

A Palestinian militant was killed in a strike by an Israeli drone east of Gaza City on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry told AFP. The strike took place in the Shejaiyah district near Gaza's border with Israel, killing Mohammed al-Ijlah, 32, spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. sa-hmw/jad/kir

Gaza militant killed 'by Israel drone'

An Islamic Jihad militant was killed near Gaza City on Wednesday in what medics and his family said was an Israeli drone strike. But the Israeli military denied carrying out any strike on Gaza, with a spokeswoman saying she was unaware of any such incidents in the area. "A Palestinian militant was killed by an Israeli drone in Shejaiyeh," said Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, referring to a district near the Israeli border with Gaza. He named the dead man as Mohammed al-Ijlah, 32.

Hamas frees Fatah men, urges rival to reciprocate

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip freed seven imprisoned members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction on Wednesday, saying it was trying to promote reconciliation with its West Bank-based rival. Hamas, which seized Gaza from Western-backed Fatah in 2007, made the unity gesture at a time when the Islamist movement is grappling with a rift with neighboring Egypt's military-backed government that has damaged and isolated the enclave's economy.

Victims' families lament release of Palestinian prisoners

From a rudimentary tent outside the Israeli prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, Ortal Tamam, whose uncle was killed by Palestinians, rails against the imminent release of Palestinian prisoners. "I feel my uncle is being killed for a second time -- this time by my government," the 25-year-old woman says, explaining she was there to "protest the release of Palestinian terrorists". Her uncle Moshe Tamam was a 19-year-old soldier on leave when he was abducted, tortured and killed by Palestinians in 1984, years before her birth.

Sinai-based group claims Egypt police compound bombing

By Yusri Mohamed and Shadia Nasralla ISMAILIA/CAIRO (Reuters) - A Sinai-based Islamist militant group said on Wednesday it was behind a car bomb attack on an Egyptian police compound in the Nile Delta which killed 16 people and wounded about 140. The army-backed government vowed to fight "black terrorism" after Tuesday's bombing in the city of Mansoura, saying it would not upset a political transition plan whose next step is a January referendum on a new constitution.

Jihadist group claims Egypt police HQ suicide bombing

An Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in Egypt's Sinai on Wednesday claimed a suicide car bombing of a police headquarters that killed 15 people, the deadliest such attack since Mohamed Morsi's overthrow. The brazen assault north of Cairo underscored the military's challenge to contain Sinai militants, who have killed more than 100 soldiers and police in a wave of attacks since the army ousted the Islamist president on July 3.

Gazan child, Israeli killed in cross-border attacks

A three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in an Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip after the fatal shooting Tuesday of an Israeli near the Gaza border, in the latest uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence. Cross-border exchanges between Israel and Gaza have increased in recent days, and Israel said Tuesday it held Islamist movement Hamas responsible, as rulers of the Palestinian enclave, for any fire directed from there at the Jewish state. Palestinian medics named the dead girl as Hala Abu Sabikha from a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Abbas guards intervene in confrontation between senior Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas's elite guard unit surrounded parliament in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday to protect a legislator from being attacked by another senior official, witnesses said. The incident was one of the most public confrontations between senior members of the Fatah party led by Abbas in years, and may deepen concerns over stability as Palestinians engage in peace talks with Israel for a state.
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