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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nidal al-Mughrabi and Alastair Macdonald, "Israeli soldier killed, Gaza truce breached," AlertNet/Reuters, January 27, 2009.

A member of Hamas security forces looks at the remains of spent ammunition and unexploded bombs. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)

* Israeli soldier killed in bomb attack on border

* Air strike wounds militant on motorcycle

* As envoy flies in, Obama says time "ripe" for peace

* Egypt sets date for talks on Palestinian schism

GAZA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - An Israeli soldier was killed by a bomb on the border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and troops then killed a palestinian,in violence that strained a ceasefire and left people in Gaza fearing further Israeli attacks.

  "I don't care who fired. Hamas controls Gaza and is responsible for everything that happens."
Tzipi Livni
Foreign Minister

Ten days after Israel halted a devastating, three-week air and ground offensive that killed 1,300 people in the enclave, neither the ruling Hamas Islamist movement nor its smaller allies claimed responsibility for the attack on the patrol.

But on the day that U.S. President Barack Obama's envoy arrived in the Middle East bearing a message that the "moment is ripe" for peace talks, Israeli leaders facing an election in two weeks promised voters they would hit back hard.

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