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Israel hits Gaza, killing 2 members of Hamas' military wing

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• Strike comes a day after Israeli attack on alleged Hamas training facility
• Israel has been pounding Gaza to stop Hamas militants from firing on Israel
• Palestinian lawmaker arrested Tuesday
• Israel PM Olmert, Palestinian Authority President Abbas to meet next week
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- An Israeli airstrike killed two members of Hamas' military wing early Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said, as Israel kept up pressure on Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza.

Meanwhile, in an effort to defuse the latest flare-up in tensions, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet next week, Olmert's office said in a statement released Tuesday. The precise date and location has yet to be determined.

The latest Israeli air raid occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday (6:30 p.m. Tuesday ET), east of the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza, the security sources said. Two people were killed and one person was wounded, hospital sources said.

The strike came a day after an attack on what an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman said was a Hamas training facility in southern Gaza. No injuries were reported from that attack.

An Israeli incursion into southern Gaza killed two Palestinian men and wounded a woman, Palestinian security sources said. The IDF confirmed Israeli military activity near the Sufa Crossing, where a spokeswoman said two gunmen were killed.

Israeli aircraft have been pounding Gaza in an effort to stop Hamas militants from firing Qassam rockets into Israeli territory. In recent weeks, at least two people have been killed and dozens wounded in and around the Israeli town of Sderot.

In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers killed a gunman in the village of Kafr Dan, northwest of Jenin, an army spokesman said.

In the West Bank town of Ramallah Tuesday, Israeli soldiers and unknown gunmen exchanged gunfire in a raid that netted a member of the Palestinian parliament.

About 15 Israeli Army vehicles, including armored personnel carriers, entered Ramallah Tuesday afternoon and arrested several people including Jamal el-Tirawi, Palestinian security sources said.

El-Tirawi, a member of Palestinian Authority President Abbas' Fatah party, was arrested at the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, the sources said.

The 41-year-old lawmaker was among four senior operatives of Fatah's militant wing Tanzim who were arrested, the Israeli military said. They had three handguns and were taken into custody, Israeli security sources said, because they had been involved in deadly bombing and shooting attacks against Israeli civilians.

Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti accused Israeli undercover special forces of "executing" a Palestinian man with a shot to the head "at point-blank range" after wounding him in the leg, according to the Information Ministry.

The Israeli army spokeswoman denied the allegation and said the man was armed and had continued to move toward the Israeli forces after being shot, prompting them to shoot him again.

The Information Ministry said Barghouti was at the scene of the firefight, which began about 5:45 p.m. on Ramallah's main street. Israeli special forces had entered a building "full of civilian shoppers and passers-by" and took positions beneath the offices of the Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute, the ministry said.

Israeli forces shot at Barghouti's car as he tried to follow a Palestinian ambulance with the body of Omar Abu Daher and seven wounded Palestinians to Ramallah's Sheikh Zayed hospital, the ministry said.

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