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Boy (17) Blows Himself Up Near Israeli Checkpoint

Palestinian Martyrdom Bomber Blows Up Himself Near Occupation Soldiers

Our correspondent in the West Bank reported that a Palestinian martyrdom bomber from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades blew up himself near Israeli occupation soldiers at a checkpoint at the entrance of the Azun village.

An Israeli source confirmed the operation that occurred close to the Jewish settlement of Shavei Shomron, but denied any casualties. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades an offshoot of Fatah identified the resistance fighter as Sabih Abu Al- Saoud, a 17-year-old from Nablus.

An Israeli source said the Palestinian had been tracked by the the army and police for several hours as a heightened state of alert was imposed to the north of Tel Aviv.

Israeli occupation troops said they defused a huge bomb, containing about 30 kilos of explosives, between the Gaza Strip and territories occupied since 1948.

An Israeli military officials said the bomb as well as a Kalashnikov assault rifle were discovered on Sunday after the occupation troops searched the entire area near the Israeli Sufa checkpoint outside the town of Khan Yunis.

Meanwhile, Hamas ruled out on Sunday halting resistance operations against the Israeli occupation, but said it could limit attacks to Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers if "Israel" stopped harming Palestinian civilians.

Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Al Rantisi said that he thought Hamas will support Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei, who has been trying to restart talks with Hamas and other resistance groups.

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