A Palestinian woman suicide bomber blew herself up in a restaurant in Israel’s northern city of Haifa, killing 19 people including three children and triggering fresh calls in Israel to exile Yasser Arafat. Israel hit back on Sunday, launching helicopter gunship missile strikes that damaged a militant’s home in Gaza City and struck an electricity generator in the el-Bureij refugee camp, cutting power to much of central Gaza. No one was badly hurt. The Islamic Jihad group said it was behind Saturday’s suicide bombing at the Maxim restaurant, frequented by both Jews and Arabs, just before the solemn Jewish Yom Kippur fast day. The bombing provoked an international outcry and some Israeli ministers demanded Arafat’s removal. Palestinian leaders urged the world to stop any assault to oust the Palestinian president. The attack dealt a new blow to a stalled U.S.-backed peace “road map.” It was the first since twin attacks killed 15 people on September 9 and the first since Israel’s cabinet decided in principle on September 11 to “remove” Arafat. Full Story
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