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Israeli Killed in Rocket Fire from Gaza

Israel and the Palestinians battled each other for a third day on Saturday, with an Israeli man killed and two children hurt, as well as three Palestinians.

As the fighting continued, world powers trying to broker peace in the Middle East warned that there is a "risk of escalation" and urged key players in the region to hit the brakes.

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Rights Group Calls on Muslim States to Act on Syria

Human Rights Watch on Saturday called on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to "immediately" intervene to stop Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

The New York-based rights group wrote a letter to OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu asking the 57-nation body to protest Syria's actions and send a delegation there to probe possible human rights violations.

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Israel has Received 'No Notification' of Egypt Envoy Recall

Israel said on Saturday it had received no official notification from Egypt that it was recalling its ambassador to Tel Aviv after Egyptian state television reported that claim earlier in the day.

"At no time has Israel been officially notified of a recall of the Egyptian ambassador," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.

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Egypt Tells Israel to Stop Gaza Attacks

Egypt called on Israel Saturday to immediately halt punitive strikes on the Palestinian Gaza Strip after militants carried out deadly attacks in Israel.

"Egypt denounces the use of force against civilians in any circumstance and strongly advises Israel to immediately stop its military operations against Gaza," a foreign ministry statement said.

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Tunisian Troops Clash with Libyans

Tunisian troops clashed with a group of armed Libyans overnight in southwest Tunisia, an official said Saturday, as a former Libyan prime minister reportedly made it to Italy after fleeing Tripoli.

Abdessalam Jalloud, who was a former prime minister ostracized from Moammar Gadhafi's regime, is thought to have fled Libya through Tunisia, in another sign that the Tripoli regime may be hanging by a thread.

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MFO Says Israel Entered Egypt, Committed Violations

A monitoring force stationed in the Sinai in keeping with the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel said Israel violated it when its troops entered Egyptian territory and fired on security personnel, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

"The (Multinational Force and Observer) recorded two violations committed by Israel," the agency said, citing an MFO report.

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Libyan Rebels Chief Says Gadhafi’s End ‘Very Near’

Libyan rebel chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Saturday "the end is very near" for Moammar Gadhafi and that it will be "catastrophic," as insurgents pushing on the capital claimed to have seized a third key town in 24 hours.

"We have contacts with people from the inner circle of Gadhafi," said the chairman of the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC). "All evidence (shows) that the end is very near, with God's grace."

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Israel 'Regrets' Deaths of Egyptian Policemen

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Saturday said Israel "regrets" the deaths of Egyptian policemen killed on the border during an Israeli pursuit of militants who killed eight Israelis.

"Israel regrets the deaths of Egyptian policemen during the attacks on the Egyptian-Israeli border," Barak said about Thursday's assault by gunmen in the Eilat region of Israel.

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Rebels Claim Capture of Brega Oil Hub

Libyan rebels have taken "all" of the strategic oil hub of Brega in the east of the country, a rebel military official told Agence France Presse on Saturday.

"The industrial zone is under our control, all Brega is now under our control," the top-ranking official said on condition of anonymity, a day after rebels claimed they had seized two other key towns as they pushed their advance on the capital Tripoli.

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Syrian Opposition to Launch 'National Council'

Opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad were meeting Saturday in Istanbul to launch a "national council" to coordinate the fight against the Damascus regime, organizers said.

Participants in two days of meetings in an Istanbul hotel, from both inside and outside Syria, planned to set up working groups and draft measures aimed at ousting Assad, who was targeted by new international sanctions on Friday.

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