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ISRAELI AND 3 PALESTINIANS DIE IN FIREFIGHT

An Israeli soldier and three Palestinians were killed Friday in the first firefight between troops and Arab villagers since the start of the 17-month uprising against Israel's occupation.

The troops opened fire on the Palestinians, who allegedly killed a suspected Israeli collaborator, authorities said.Seven other soldiers were injured, including a high-ranking Israeli officer in critical condition after he was wounded in the head, said an army spokeswoman.

The soldier was killed by a grenade thrown by the Palestinians.