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January 5, 2005
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Israeli forces hunting Gaza Strip mortar crews killed seven Palestinian youths. Palestinians described the dead in Tuesday’s incident as strawberry farmers felled by Israeli tank fire in the north Gaza town of Beit Lahiya. But Israeli military sources said the tank fired at terrorists who had fired mortars at the nearby Israeli settlement of Nisanit, wounding two people.

The U.S. deputy secretary of state discussed terrorism with the president of Syria. Richard Armitage stopped in Damascus on Monday and met with Bashar Assad. He discussed Syria’s support for Palestinian terrorist groups and support from within Syria for the anti-American insurgency in Iraq, as well as the presence of Syrian troops in Lebanon.

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