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12/28/05 World News: Israel Hits Palestinian Militants' Base in Lebanon


Israeli aircraft attacked a suspected training base for Palestinian militants in Lebanon early today (Wednesday), hours after rocket attacks on an Israeli border town.

The Israeli military says the base south of Beirut is operated by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.There has been no word on casualties or damage.
Late Tuesday, three rockets fired from Lebanon exploded in a residential area of the Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona, causing some property damage but no casualties.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia say security forces have shot and killed two wanted terrorists, hours after the fugitives gunned down five policemen in a drive-by shooting.

The two dead men are said to have

been involved in the al-Qaida terror

network's operations in the kingdom.

One of the suspects, Mohammed bin Abdel-Rahman al-Suwailmi, was fatally wounded in a shootout with government forces that broke out after the initial attack on police Tuesday. An Interior Ministry official says the second suspect, Abdel-Rahman al-Mutab, made his escape after the original gunbattle, but was caught and shot to death north of Riyadh today (Wednesday).

Norway, which brokered the 2002 cease-fire between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels, has urged the two sides to meet immediately to prevent the country from sliding back to civil war.
In a statement issued in Colombo today (Wednesday), Norwegian negotiator Erik Solheim said the recent surge in violence in Sri Lanka has put the truce at risk. He called on the government and rebels to resume peace talks immediately, instead of arguing over where to meet.

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