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Two dead, 10 injured in Gaza blast
Israel Radio said the attack apparently was aimed at a bus carrying schoolchildren from the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom. No children were killed in the blast, but at least four were injured.
The bus was being escorted by the Israeli military.
The blast came as Palestinian and Israeli leaders were making statements aimed at taking the heat out of Israeli- Palestinian conflict that has claimed more than 250 lives in recent weeks.
Violence continued Sunday
Barak said Sunday that Israel didn't want to escalate the conflict, and therefore was not planning to retaliate for the shooting death of an Israeli soldier in a Saturday attack on an Israeli outpost in Gaza.
That gun battle that left one Israeli soldier dead and two others wounded, one critically.
The lone gunman was identified as Palestinian security officer Baha Said, a 30-year-old resident of the al-Maghazi refugee camp. The Fatah Hawks, an armed militia faction of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for Said's actions.
Palestinian leaders had said they were working to implement Arafat's recent call for an end to shooting from territory under his control.
But the violence continued Sunday when two Palestinians were killed and several others injured in a series of clashes with Israeli soldiers.
Sunday also saw the wounding of Yoram Havivian, Israel's vice consul general to Amman. Havivan was on his way to work when gunmen fired at his car from a passing vehicle.
Conflict claims more than 250 lives
He was treated and released from a hospital a few hours later. Barak said the incident was severe, and that every effort should be made in conjunction with Jordan to find those responsible.
Since the violence between the Palestinians and Israelis erupted September 28, at least 257 people have been killed, including 219 Palestinians, 25 Jews and 13 Israeli Arabs.
CNN Correspondent Jerrold Kessel contributed to this report.
Ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence decreases, Israeli army says
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