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U.S. Diplomats Halt Travel to Gaza Strip

The U.S. Embassy in Israel has suspended official travel to the Gaza Strip and is reviewing security arrangements in response to this week’s deadly attack on a U.S. convoy, a senior American official said Friday. An FBI team met with Palestinian security officials Friday to begin a joint investigation. The Palestinians have so far detained seven members of a rogue militant group, the Popular Resistance Committees, for questioning. In Wednesday’s attack, a remote-controlled bomb exploded under one of the vans in the three-vehicle convoy, killing three American security guards and wounding a fourth. It was the first deadly attack on a U.S. target in the Palestinian areas. The attack threatens to spur further U.S. disengagement from the conflict. How well the Palestinians cooperate with an FBI team supervising the hunt for those responsible might also be a test of their willingness to crack down on terror groups, the central demand of the stalled U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan. Full Story

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