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Three Palestinians killed in West Bank, Gaza

Burning wreckage after the airstrike  

JENIN, West Bank (CNN) -- A member of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement and a Palestinian policeman died Saturday in an Israeli rocket attack in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

The Israeli military has issued no statement on the incident, which occurred in the northern West Bank town of Jenin.

Later in the day, a 40-year-old Palestinian was killed and 10 others were wounded when Israeli forces fired on a Palestinian police outpost in Gaza, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said.

CNN's Jerrold Kessel reports on the Israeli missile attack (May 12)

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CNN's Jerrold Kessel: Palestinians call it an assassination attempt

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A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said Israeli troops fired on the outpost in the area of the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in Gaza after it determined they were being fired on from that site. Israeli military sources confirmed at least seven tank shells were fired.

Senior Palestinian official Tawfiq al-Tirawi said the attack was an "assassination attempt" by Israel against a Palestinian intelligence officer.

Israeli helicopters were hovering near the Palestinian security headquarters when the car of Abdel-Karim Oweis was hit, al-Tirawi said. Oweis reportedly escaped serious injury and was treated at a nearby hospital.

One man in the car died. He was described as member of the Fatah movement, the political arm of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The other man killed was a Palestinian police officer standing near the car when the missiles hit.

Witnesses said one missile struck the ground near the car and at least two more missiles were fired. One struck the car and another hit a nearby building.

In addition, Israel Defense Forces reported that one civilian was slightly injured Saturday when three mortar bombs were fired toward the Neve Dekalim settlement in Gaza. Officials said three more mortar bombs were fired toward Israeli territory north of Gaza.

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