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15 Palestinians Die As Israelis Raid Camp

An Israeli crackdown on Palestinian militants erupted into the bloodiest day of fighting in the Gaza Strip in 16 months. Fifteen Palestinians died in the violence and more than 50 were wounded. Islamic Hamas responded Wednesday with an ominous vow of retaliation, urging all of its cells throughout Gaza and the West Bank to attack. Similar calls in the past have been followed within days — sometimes hours — by suicide bombings in Israel. The stepped-up violence was linked by some to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s proposals for a unilateral pullout from most of Gaza. With many Israelis, including the military’s intelligence chief, concerned such a move might be viewed by Palestinians as a sign of weakness, analysts warned that more military action in the territory could lie ahead. Full Story

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