© St. Petersburg Times, published September 14, 2001
JERUSALEM -- Israeli tanks rumbled into Palestinian towns in the West Bank for the second day Thursday, igniting gunbattles that left three Palestinians dead and 21 wounded.
Palestinian leaders accused Israel of stepping up incursions as the world turned its eyes toward the aftermath of terror attacks in the United States.
The tanks shelled buildings and exchanged fire with Palestinian gunmen in Jenin and Jericho in raids the military said were intended to "root out terror."
The attack came a day after an overnight raid in Jenin and two villages that killed seven Palestinians, including three suspected Islamic militants and a girl, 11. A fourth suspected militant died Thursday of injuries sustained in the attack.