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3 Jul, 2006 05:47

Gaza: tanks move on the north

Gaza: tanks move on the north

Israeli tanks have moved into northern Gaza. A military source claims the operation is not the threatened large-scale incursion against Palestinian militants but Israeli warplanes hit several targets.

There has been a night of raids as Israeli soldiers try to find Gilad Shalit, the 19-year-old soldier captured during a cross-border raid by Palestinian militants eight days ago.

Shells were fired on the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. Israeli military launched a missile attack against a building it says is used by a violent group linked to the Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas.

An Israeli newspaper report says the military may consider handing over non-violent Palestinian prisoners in return for Shalit's release.