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ISRAEL WILL PAY FAMILIES OF 7 SHOOTING VICTIMS

Israel plans to pay about $38,000 in compensation to each family of the seven Palestinians slain near Tel Aviv by an Israeli gunman, a defense ministry spokesman said Friday.

The decision was made "as a special gesture in light of the tragic circumstances" surrounding last month's attack, said Danny Naveh, a spokesman for Defense Minister Moshe Arens.On May 20, Ami Popper, an Israeli civilian, opened fire on a group of Arab workers from the occupied Gaza Strip, killing seven.