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June 19, 2006
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Israel’s defense minister rejected calls for an international probe into a Gaza Strip blast that killed seven Palestinians. Amir Peretz was quoted Sunday as saying that the case was closed on the June 9 incident on a Gaza beach because the Israeli military had concluded it was not caused by one of its shells. Israeli officials have suggested that the explosion that killed seven members of a Palestinian family may have been caused by a landmine planted by a local terrorist group.

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