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24 killed in new explosion of Middle East violence

Palestinians and Israelis traded attacks that left at least 24 people dead in one of the bloodiest days of their 32-month conflict that left US-sponsored peace hopes in tatters. A Palestinian suicide bomb ripped through a Jerusalem bus, killing 16 people plus the bomber, police said. An hour later Israeli attack helicopters rained missiles on a car in Gaza City, killing seven people, Palestinian sources said. The tit-for-tat carnage came a day after a failed Israeli attempt to kill Abdul Aziz al-Rantissi, a senior leader of the radical Islamic group Hamas, and put a new nail in prospects for negotiating a ceasefire. Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, claimed responsibility for the mid-afternoon suicide bombing that gutted a bus on a bustling street in central-west Jerusalem. Israeli television said the bomber, disguised as an ultra-Orthodox Jew, stepped on the number 14 bus at the Mahane Yehuda market on Jaffa street and set off an explosive device filled with bolts and nails. Full Story

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