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Palestinian sources: Israeli rocket kills teen in Gaza

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GAZA CITY (CNN) -- An Israeli rocket launched into Gaza killed a 16-year-old and wounded a Palestinian national guard soldier Sunday morning, Palestinian medical sources said.

Israel Defense Forces confirmed they had conducted a strike on a Palestinian militant and an unspecified number of rocket launchers. The IDF said the rocket launchers had been used to launch three rockets into Israel in an earlier attack.

Israel's rocket struck near the town of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, the IDF said.

Beit Hanoun has been the scene of much international attention since Israel's increased military raids and an artillery barrage into the Gaza border city last week. That attack killed 18 Palestinian civilians -- including women and children.

Israel's military said it has been targeting militants in the northern Gaza town who have been firing Qassam rockets into Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed regret for the deaths and on Thursday blamed a "technical error," according to a spokeswoman with the minister's office.

Olmert arrived in the United States early Sunday for a meeting with President Bush on Monday to discuss U.S.-Israeli relations and what the White House called "a wide range of regional and international issues."

On Saturday, the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned Israel for its military operations in Gaza.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton said the resolution, which also called for Israel to cease military operations immediately in the Palestinian territory, was "biased against Israel and politically motivated."

Hamas condemns veto

The U.S. veto angered Hamas government spokesman Ghazi Hamad, who called it "shameful" and "not the first time" the United States has used a veto "just to protect Israel."

The veto, Hamad said, is to "give Israel covering in order to continue its massacres and killings among our people. It is giving legitimacy to Israel to continue the aggression against our people."

Qatar proposed the motion, which focused on Wednesday's shelling in Beit Hanoun. (Watch mourners carry bodies of victims through the streets -- 1:49)

The blocked resolution also condemned Palestinians who fire missiles from Gaza into Israel.

The United States cast the only vote against. Four council members abstained and 10 voted for the resolution.

Before the vote, Bolton said the United States joined the other countries in "deeply regretting" the injuries and loss of life in Wednesday's shelling, but said Israel has promised a full investigation.

Bolton said the resolution's text was "unbalanced."

"We are disturbed at the language of the resolution that is in many places biased against Israel and politically motivated," Bolton said.

Bolton said the text was wrong in equating what he called Israel's legal defense operations in Gaza with Palestinian acts of terrorism against civilians in Israel.

"We are disturbed that there is not a single reference to terrorism in the proposed resolution," he said.

CNN's Avivit Dalgoshen contributed to this report.



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