Israel shells Gaza as Palestinians prepare to sign unity deal

Israeli tank fire wounded several people near the central Gaza Strip’s al-Bureij refugee camp April 28. “Israeli tanks fired shells at terrorists and hit them as they were about to place explosive devices near the security barrier” between the Strip and Israeli territory, an Israeli military spokesman said. (Middle East Online, April 29) The violence comes as Hamas chief Khaled Masha’al prepares to meet Palestinian president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo next week to sign a unity deal. It will be the first time the two men have met since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, ousting Fatah from the coastal territory after a week of street battles. (Maan News Agency, April 29)

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