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Gunman wounds 9 on Tel Aviv street

TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- A gunman shooting from a car wounded at least 9 people on a busy street near Israel's Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israeli authorities said.

Soldiers fired back at the gunman, who was reportedly seriously injured. Israeli police said they arrested the man, who was not identified, after he crashed his car.

Earlier, Israeli helicopters attacked a Palestinian police headquarters in Rafah, Gaza, an Israeli military spokesman told CNN.

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The attack was in response to mortar attacks launched from Gaza during the previous week, the spokesman said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The attack came after an evening of fighting on the West Bank sparked by an Israeli missile attack on Palestinian activists earlier Saturday.

Eleven people were wounded in the fighting, which was centered near Bethlehem and was described by Israeli officials as some of the heaviest in months. Sounds of gunfire could be heard in Jerusalem.

The remains of a car owned by the Palestinian group Fatah after it was hit by missiles Saturday  

Earlier, two missiles were fired at a car belonging to members of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement in downtown Ramallah Saturday afternoon, Palestinian sources told CNN.

The vehicle was part of a three-car convoy parked outside the office of Marwan Barghouti, the West Bank Fatah leader. Barghouti, who was about to depart from his office at the time, said the convoy was moments from leaving when the missiles were fired.

Barghouti blamed Israel for the attack, calling it "a very dangerous escalation" of violence.

The first missile missed the car, prompting those inside to jump out. The second missile hit the car, which was then empty.

Barghouti said a Force 17 activist wanted by Israel, Muhanad Abu-Halaweh, and a bystander were wounded in the second missile attack.

Force 17 is the elite guard unit charged with protecting Arafat.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said Abu-Halaweh was moderately wounded with burns, and the bystander was lightly wounded from shrapnel.

In a television interview, Barghouti, who was unhurt, accused Israel of waging war against all Palestinian leaders. Israeli military sources denied there was any attempt to assassinate Barghouti.

"This will not stop the Intifada," Barghouti said. "This will increase the Intifada, and increase and escalate the resistance against the Israelis.

"This is a big achievement for the Intifada," he said.

The missiles were fired from the Jewish settlement of Psagot, site of an Israeli Army post, Palestinians said. It was unclear whether the missiles were launched from the air or the ground.

-- CNN Producer Shiraz Meddling contributed to this report

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