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Factbox - Security developments in Gaza, 17 May 2006

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The following are security developments in and around Gaza as of 1825 GMT on Thursday:

* marks new or updated item.

* GAZA - Israeli aircraft strikes a Gaza City building that housed Hamas's Executive Force. At least 40 people are wounded, hospital officials say.

GAZA - A second air strike hits a car carrying a senior commander in Hamas's armed wing. He is seriously wounded and another militant in the vehicle is killed.

GAZA - A third Israeli air attack hits an Executive Force position outside the home of the Interior Ministry's spokesman. A Hamas militant is killed.

GAZA - A fourth air strike targets a rocket-launching crew in southern Gaza, but hospital officials say two civilians are killed -- two teenage brothers -- and three others wounded.

GAZA - At least four Palestinians are killed in internal fighting between Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's secular Fatah faction.

SDEROT, Israel - Busloads of Israelis pour out of the southern Israeli town of Sderot to escape a barrage of rockets fired from the nearby Gaza Strip.

SDEROT, Israel - At least two people are lightly wounded in an early morning rocket salvo in Sderot, near the Gaza border.

* GAZA - Israeli army says it sent a small force of troops, tanks and other armoured vehicles into northern Gaza on a "defensive operation". Israeli army breaks into local radio broadcasts to warn northern Gaza residents not to approach Israeli forces operating in the area.

* ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - Israel deploys artillery along its border with Gaza.

Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation
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