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March 06, 2003

Row erupts over Gaza killings

This BBC report strikes me as odd. The Palestinians blame Israel for deliberately targeting civilians as revenge for yesterday's suicide bombing. The Israelis deny this charge. But the Paelstinian slaughter in the bus bombing was deliberate and seems, somehow, not to be noted by the Arabs. Only their losses matter.
Palestinians accused the Israeli army of targeting Jabaliya in revenge for a suicide bombing on a bus hours earlier in Haifa which killed at least 15 people and injured 40 others.

They said an Israeli tank fired a shell into a crowd of civilians, killing at least eight people and injuring scores more.

But Israel said the operation was part of its ongoing campaign against militants and claimed most of the Palestinian deaths were caused by a bomb aimed at its troops.

Mark Sofer, a senior Israeli foreign ministry official, told the BBC that the raid was "absolutely and utterly not" a revenge attack.

He said Israel always took precautions to avoid civilian casualties in army operations, which he added were necessary because Palestinian security officials were not stopping attacks.

Israel believed all 11 Palestinians killed to have been militants, he said. [more]