JERUSALEM (AP) -- Eight Palestinians, including a 14-year-old girl and three other civilians, were killed Tuesday in gun battles and Israeli reprisals for a string of deadly attacks by Palestinian militants. Israeli warplanes and helicopters pounded Palestinian targets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
In one strike, Israeli helicopter gunships fired three missiles at the office of the Islamic militant group Hamas in the crowded Jebalya refugee camp, killing two Palestinians and critically wounding four, including a 10-year-old girl, doctors said.
In all, 25 Palestinians were wounded in the fighting, including five children.
With nine Israelis killed over six days, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is under growing pressure to take more decisive action.
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