Vehicle explodes near troops

15 June 2004
A vehicle blew up near Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip on 15 June after soldiers opened fire on it, the army confirmed, although there were no reports of casualties.

The vehicle was rigged with explosives, the army said. Palestinian witnesses said no one was inside when it blew up on a road officially closed to Palestinian vehicles.

Separately, a helicopter fired a missile the previous evening which destroyed a car in the West Bank's Balata refugee camp. Two militants were killed as Israel began confiscating Palestinian land to continue building a controversial segment of its separation barrier.

Khalil Marshoud, local leader of the militant Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades died in the attack. Israel's military said he was behind a number of anti-Israeli attacks. Another Palestinian militant was killed and a third person was seriously wounded, witnesses said.

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