Gaza Fighting Kills at Least 23
Reuters journalist among the dead in Israeli offensive
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 5:53 PM CDT
Firefighters hose down the car of Reuters news agency cameraman Fadal Shana after an Israeli strike in southeast Gaza City, which killed Shana and two bystanders Wednesday, April 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Wissam Nassar)
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(Newser) – Three Israeli soldiers and at least 20 Palestinians were killed today as Israeli attacks rocked the Gaza Strip, the AP reports. Fadel Shana, a Reuters cameraman, was among the dead in fighting that undermined an Egyptian-negotiated peace effort and saw the highest death toll in a month.

In one of the attacks, an Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a refugee camp, killing at least 12. The Reuters cameraman was later killed by a missile strike while filming in the same area. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas urged a halt to the "bloody cycle of violence," advice rejected by a Hamas spokesman.