JERUSALEM (AP) -- Three armed Palestinians disguised as Israeli soldiers tried to infiltrate a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip on Friday, and troops killed two of the attackers, the army said.
The Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, a militia linked to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, claimed responsibility for the failed attack.
The violence overshadowed an agreement to turn security in Gaza over to Palestinians as a trial for easing harsh Israeli restrictions in the West Bank.
The militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups refuse to go along with the agreement. The Palestinian security chief, Interior Minister Abdel Razak Yehiyeh, failed to soften the groups' opposition in talks in Gaza City late Thursday.
Under the agreement, Israel turned over security duties to Palestinian forces in the West Bank town of Bethlehem this week and was to take similar measures in Gaza.
The Israelis say if the Palestinians can stop attacks in those two places, they will ease restrictions in other parts of the West Bank.
In the West Bank town of Tulkarem, Israeli forces destroyed the house of Mohannad Shraim, a Hamas leader.
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