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White House Says It Is Troubled by Yassin Attack

The White House said on Monday it was “deeply troubled” by Israel’s assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and urged Jerusalem to show restraint after initially declining to condemn the attack. White House spokesman Scott McClellan told a televised briefing that Washington had no advance word before the attack on Yassin, and said “Israel has the right to defend herself” against the “terrorist” group. Similar statements in the past have been interpreted as a green light for further action by Israel. But in off-camera comments just minutes later, McClellan revised the White House position by adding, “We are deeply troubled by this morning’s actions in Gaza.” It was the first direct criticism from the White House, which had initially avoided explicitly condemning or condoning the assassination. Full Story

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