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Israeli forces killed an unarmed Palestinian man and foiled a car-bombing in the Gaza Strip. Troops searching the town of Beit Lahiya for terrorists before dawn Thursday opened fire on a car as it sped toward them, killing the driver. It later emerged that he was a local man taking his pregnant neighbor to the hospital; she was unharmed. Hours later, an Israeli helicopter gunship rocketed a car that had been left outside the Kfar Darom settlement in southern Gaza. The resulting explosion, fiercer than what a missile would cause, led military experts to conclude that the vehicle contained a bomb and was to have been used in an attack.

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