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Israeli Soldier Dies of Wounds, Palestinian Shot by Israeli Occupation Soldiers, West Bank Population Punished by Continuous Total Closure

Second Israeli occupation soldier dies from Islamic Jihad's border ambush

Date: 09 / 03 / 2008  Time:  13:55
Gaza Ma'an

A second Israeli occupation soldier died of wounds he sustained on Thursday when Palestinian fighters bombed an Israeli military jeep on the border with the Gaza Strip.

Twenty-year-old Liran Banai was critically injured in the attack near the Kisufim crossing point. Another Israeli soldier was also killed in the attack.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, issued a statement reiterating that they were behind the operation. The group urged other resistance factions to take caution before claiming responsibility for attacks that may have been carried out by others.

The Al-Quds Brigades vowed to take more action against occupation forces, stressing that Israel's assassinations of resistance fighters will only result in more resistance operations, "in the appropriate time and place."

Palestinian shot by Israeli forces near Kisufim

Date: 09 / 03 / 2008  Time:  14:00
Gaza Ma'an

A Palestinian was shot by Israeli occupation forces stationed at the Kisufim military site, east of the town of Al-Qarara, on Sunday, Palestinian medical sources said.

Mu'awiya Hassanain, the director of ambulance and emergency services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, said that the Gazan resident is in serious condition, and has been transferred to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis for treatment.

Israeli sources claimed that Palestinian fighters opened fire at Israeli soldiers near Kisufim on Sunday, but reported no injuries.

West Bank closure extended for at least 24 hours as a collective punishment

Date: 09 / 03 / 2008  Time:  10:52
Bethlehem Ma'an

The Israeli government decided to extend the comprehensive closure on the West Bank for at least 24 hours on Sunday, which is a collective punishment to the entire Palestinian population. The government will review the situation again on Monday.

Israel ordered the West Bank sealed on Friday following a deadly attack, carried out by a Palestinian man from Mount Al-Mukabber, in Jerusalem, on a Jewish religious school in West Jerusalem. Eight students were killed in the attack on the Mercaz Harav seminary, an institution with deep historical ties to the Israeli settler movement.

Israeli police will continue to be on high alert throughout the country, especially in Jerusalem. Extra security forces will be deployed at educational institutions.

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