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Israel Says Choice of Bomb Let Hamas Chief Survive

It seemed like the ultimate coup for Israeli intelligence — word that leaders of the Islamic militant group Hamas were meeting in a house in Gaza City vulnerable to an air strike. But the militants, including Hamas’s spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, survived Saturday’s attack — and Israeli security sources said this was because a small weapon had been chosen in an effort to avoid heavy civilian casualties. The sources told Israeli journalists at a briefing Israel had decided on a 750-pound, electronically-guided bomb, not a one-ton bomb such as that which killed the commander of Hamas’s armed wing in the same district last year. The 1,000 kg bomb also razed several blocks of flats, killing 15 civilians and wounding scores. Full Story

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