Israel kills UN aid worker

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    By Ibrahim Barzak And Steve Weizman, The Associated Press

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The United Nations suspended aid deliveries to the Gaza Strip on Thursday and the international Red Cross restricted its convoys after their trucks came under Israeli fire. The threat of a wider conflict, meanwhile, arose when fighters in Lebanon fired two rockets into northern Israel.

    One rocket crashed into a retirement home, but there were no serious injuries. Israel responded with mortar shells.

    The driver of the UN truck died immediately; another worker in the truck died later of his wounds. The truck, which came under fire in northern Gaza, was marked with the UN flag and insignia.

    During a three-hour pause in Israeli attacks to allow in food and fuel and let medics collect the dead, nearly three dozen bodies of Palestinians were found beneath the rubble of bombed-out buildings in Gaza City.

    Many of the dead were in the same neighbourhood where the Red Cross said rescuers discovered young children too weak to stand who had stayed by their dead mothers. The aid group accused Israel of an "unacceptable" delay in allowing workers to reach the area.