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Girl shot as Abbas ceasefire plea fails

Gunmen last night killed an Israeli girl on a road near the West Bank, feeding a cycle of violence that has battered a US-led peace plan which the American secretary of state, Colin Powell, will try to rescue in a regional visit this week. The attack on a car near Kibbutz Eyal in central Israel was launched shortly after the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, had failed in another bid to persuade militants to call a truce with Israel. Medical staff said the dead girl was aged seven, and identified two people wounded in the attack as her five-year-old sister and her father. The army blamed Palestinian gunmen. “We have re-emphasised that resistance is a legitimate right of our people,” said Mohammed al-Hindi, a senior Islamic Jihad official, after Mr Abbas sat down with representatives of 13 militant factions for three-and-a-half hours in Gaza City. Full Story

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