Palestinian group shoots worker dead 24 hours after ceasefire

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A Romanian construction worker was killed today in a Palestinian shooting attack in the West Bank, a day after the three largest Palestinian factions said they would observe a temporary truce, the Israeli military said.

A Romanian construction worker was killed today in a Palestinian shooting attack in the West Bank, a day after the three largest Palestinian factions said they would observe a temporary truce, the Israeli military said.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a militia affiliated with Yasser Arafat's ruling Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the shooting near the West Bank village of Yabed.

"We do not agree with the ceasefire," a group of militiamen from the West Bank town of Jenin said in a statement. "This is our first action. This is the beginning."

The militia consists of bands of gunmen who do not recognize a central authority – unlike the armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the other signatories to the three–month truce.

The victim was a Romanian worker involved in a road construction project. The worker was driving in a truck when he was shot in the head, the army said.

The shooting came as Israel agreed to withdraw from the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said.

The agreement was reached today in a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian security officials. The pullback is in line with a US–backed peace plan, which calls for an Israeli withdrawal to positions held before the outbreak of fighting 33 months ago.

The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers will meet tomorrow to discuss their next moves in the peace plan. Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas will meet in Jerusalem, a Palestinian official said.

The two leaders have held a series of meetings since Abbas took office in April and the latest summit comes as Israel has started pulling forces out of parts of the Gaza Strip.



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