Soldier and terrorist killed in Samaria clash

Monday, May 02, 2005 | 
Israeli troops raided a village in Samaria near Palestinian-ruled Tulkarem in search of wanted terrorists. A gun battle ensued, in which an Islamic Jihad terrorist and an Israeli soldier were killed. Palestinian officials charged that the raid was a violation of the three-month-old cease-fire. “There cannot be a one-way cease-fire,” said Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. But Israel said it reserves the right to hunt down terrorists planning attacks. The army said the dead terrorist was involved in the Tel Aviv suicide bombing that killed five Israelis in February. He was arrested by Palestinian security forces but recently escaped from prison.

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