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Israel Kills Top Hamas Leader in Missile Strike

Israel assassinated top Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, drawing a threat of 100 revenge attacks from the militant Palestinian group rocked by another major blow before a planned U.S.-backed pullout from Gaza. The helicopter missile strike on Rantissi’s car in Gaza City on Saturday stoked Palestinian anger already high over President Bush’s statement this week that Israel could retain land Palestinians want for a state in any peace deal. “The Palestinian cabinet considers this terrorist Israeli campaign is a direct result of American encouragement and the complete bias of the American administration toward the Israeli government,” Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie said. The United States denied it gave Israel the green light to go after Rantissi and said it was “gravely concerned” for Middle East peace and stability. Full Story

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