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Israeli tanks roll into Palestinian refugee camp
Updated: 2004-03-24 08:51

Israeli tanks rolled into the Palestinian refugee camp of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday and bulldozers began demolishing houses overlooking a Jewish settlement, witnesses said.

Some 60 families living in the row of dilapidated structures fled as Israeli forces laid down covering fire. There were no immediate reports of return fire from Palestinian gunmen, or casualties.

Security forces have been on high alert in Israel's cities for the painful payback Hamas has promised in retaliations for the Israeli assassination of its founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin.

About 10 Israeli tanks moved to the edge of Khan Younis in the early hours of Wednesday, taking up what witnesses initially described as holding positions.

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