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Report lists Israeli, Palestinian killings

From Times Wire Reports

Israeli troops killed more than 650 Palestinians last year -- half of them unarmed civilians, including about 120 children -- a threefold increase from 2005, the human rights group Amnesty International said in its annual report.

The number of Israelis killed by Palestinian armed groups diminished by half last year, to 27, including 20 civilian adults and one child, the report says.

An Associated Press count differed somewhat, showing with 580 people killed on the Palestinian side and 34 on the Israeli side in 2006.

Amnesty International reported a “significant increase” in the launching of homemade rockets by Palestinian armed groups into southern Israel, but gave no number.

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