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Palestinian Killed in Gaza Strip

The first Palestinian killed in three months by Israeli soldiers was shot dead Sunday night in a refugee camp in Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

The man, identified as Allah a-Din Shahin, 23, was killed in an exchange between masked Palestinian activists armed with guns. Another masked man was wounded but escaped. There were no Israeli casualties and no weapons were recovered.

The Gaza strip town of Rafah, which lies on the border between the territory and Egypt, was placed under curfew following the fatal shootout, and Israeli soldiers conducted house-to-house searches.

The curfew coincided Monday with a general strike called by the intifada leadership for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, to mark the eighth anniversary of the massacres of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut.

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