Palestinians: 2 dead in clash with Israel

By the Associated Press | November 3, 2011 | 9:25 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Palestinian health official in the Gaza Strip says two Palestinian men have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces.

Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia says he had no information about the men's identities.

The Palestinians say gunbattles began after Israeli soldiers entered Palestinian farmland inside northern Gaza. They say Israeli planes then carried out an airstrike.

The Israeli military says the clashes began after Palestinian militants fired at soldiers on a routine patrol on the Gaza-Israel border. It says the soldiers were on Israeli soil.

The clash mars a brief lull that followed the most serious flare-up in violence in months. At least 10 militants and an Israeli civilian were killed in the earlier round of fighting.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinians say Israel has carried out its threat to suspend transfer of tax payments to the Palestinian Authority over this week's admission of Palestine to the U.N.'s cultural agency.

Israel collects about $100 million in customs, border and some income taxes each month on behalf of the Palestinians, then relays the funds to the Palestinian Authority, which runs the West Bank.

But Palestinian officials said on Thursday that Israel didn't transfer the funds in the first three days of November as it does every month.

The Israeli Finance Ministry had no immediate comment.

After gaining membership in UNESCO, the Palestinians have said they plan to seek membership in other international bodies as part of their campaign for statehood.