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Israel Kills 19 Palestinians in Big Gaza Raid

Israel’s army killed at least 19 Palestinians Tuesday in the heaviest raid inside the Gaza Strip for years as tanks and infantry thrust into a militant stronghold despite an international outcry. The assault on the Rafah refugee camp drew U.N. and European Union condemnation because of Israeli threats to destroy hundreds of Palestinian homes in the area, a hotbed of militants who began an uprising in occupied territories in 2000. But the army said there were no plans for any systematic demolition during what it called an open-ended operation to stop the smuggling of weapons through tunnels from nearby Egypt. President Bush called the Gaza bloodshed “troubling” but, addressing Jewish-Americans in a tight election campaign, told the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC that Israel “has every right to defend itself from terror.” Full Story

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