updated 8/23/2006 5:56:52 PM ET 2006-08-23T21:56:52

A top Palestinian militant leader in the West Bank was shot in the head and seriously wounded, militants and hospital officials said.

Hospital officials said Hossam Jaradat, the West Bank leader of Islamic Jihad’s militant wing, was shot by Israeli soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp. But Islamic Jihad said they were not sure Israel was behind the shooting.

The Israeli army said it was checking into the report.

Also, near the Gaza Strip border town of Abasan, an Israeli tank fired a shell at two men who were approaching the border with Israel, according to Palestinian officials and the army.

Ambulance crews found one wounded person, an Islamic Jihad militant, in the area and were searching for others.

The army said soldiers identified two suspicious men crawling toward the border post, fired a tank shell at them and identified hitting them.

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