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Seven killed in Gaza violence

Gaza, Oct. 10 (Reuters): Israeli forces killed at least seven Palestinians in fierce fighting in a Gaza refugee camp today while Palestinian mediators tried to end a leadership crisis prompted by Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie’s threat to quit.

Citing what it called plans by Palestinian militants to obtain anti-aircraft missiles, the army sent dozens of armoured vehicles, including tanks, and infantry into the Rafah camp on the Gaza-Egypt border to search for weapons-smuggling tunnels.

Palestinian medics said six Palestinians were killed, including an eight-year-old boy, and more than 40 people — among them eight children — were wounded during all-night gun battles as assault helicopters flew overhead.

On the stormy Palestinian political front, Qurie maintained his public silence in what appeared to be a dispute with Palestinian President Yasser Arafat over security powers crucial to a revival of West Asiapeacemaking stalled by violence.

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