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March 06, 2003

Middle East News Roundup--17 links to articles

Israel Denies Latest Campaign Targets Hamas Political Leaders
Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians on Tuesday as a senior Israeli security official said a raid on the home of a founder of Hamas did not signal that Israel is targeting political leaders of the group for arrest. (9) A suicide bomber blew himself up aboard a crowded bus in the northern city of Haifa on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens in the first terrorist attack in two months, officials said. (4) Witnesses said the explosion occurred just after the bus stopped in the hilltop neighborhood Carmelia at about 2:17 p.m. Officials said because of the hour, the bus would have been packed with students from the nearby University of Haifa. (3) Israeli tanks stormed into a Gaza Strip refugee camp on Thursday and at least two Palestinians were killed amid heavy fighting with militants after a Palestinian suicide bomber in Israel killed 15 people. (7) A World Bank report published Wednesday said almost 2 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip live on less than $2 a day, triple the number before violence erupted in September 2000. (8) Palestinians said at least two of those killed were civilians a 14-year-old boy shot dead and a woman whose house collapsed from the force of the blast next door. (14) click here for article links