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Israel Says al-Qaida was Involved in Tunisian Synagogue Blast
A senior Israeli official said his government believes Osama bin
Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network was involved in the April 11
explosion at a Tunisian synagogue. Deputy Foreign Minister Michael
Melchior said Israel had intelligence information about al-Qaida's
involvement in the blast that killed 19 people - 14 of them German
tourists. Last week, German police said the information they
gathered suggested the explosion of a fuel truck outside the
synagogue was carried out by a suicide bomber. A German TV report
also said Tunisian police, searching the home of the suspected
attacker, found a satellite telephone of the same type used by
al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan.
Bush, Sharon Meet as 16 Plus Die in Rishon Blast
By VOA News, IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
At least 16 persons were killed and dozens wounded in an explosion
in the Shpiel Club, a billiards club in the new industrial zone in
Rishon L'Tzion, south of Tel Aviv, at 4:03 p.m. EDT.
As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began a meeting in the White House
with President George W. Bush, a suicide terrorist entered the club
located at Sakharov Street and detonated a powerful blast that
resulted in the roof of the structure collapsing. At least 60
people are reported wounded in the blast and some of them are
believed trapped in the rubble. Israeli radio said part of the
building where the explosion occurred collapsed.
Al Manar TV in Lebanon said it received a claim of responsibility
from the Islamic militant group Hamas. But Hamas spokesman Mahmoud
Zahar said from his home in Gaza City that he could not confirm the
claim. "We do not have any clear evidence or information except
what we are seeing on TV, But if it is a martyrdom operation, it
means that Israel has lost its war against the Palestinians and the
Palestinian resistance has proved that it is capable of reaching
the enemy everywhere."
Magen David Adom reported that they had evacuated many people to
local hospitals, nine in serious condition, 10 moderate and the
remainder lightly injured. The blast occurred on the third floor of
the building, causing part of the structure to collapse.
An eyewitness who gave his first name as Oren told Israel Radio
that he was near the scene at the time of the explosion. "I just
ran away from there. I don't know if it's a terror attack," he
said. Another eyewitness said that said she was on her way home
when she heard "a huge explosion. I turned the corner and I saw the
whole building go up before my eyes."
In Washington, Bush and Sharon met for talks focused on the
Israeli-Palestinian crisis. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer
said the president stressed his "unflagging support" for Israel,
but urged Sharon to ease the plight of the Palestinian people.
Fleischer said the president also reaffirmed his support for a
Palestinian state - one based on democracy, and a market economy
free of corruption.
Before being informed of the suicide bombing, Sharon reportedly
informed Bush that he agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian
state as part of an interim agreement - but that its exact borders
would be negotiated in the framework of a final-status agreement.
He expressed awareness that this will earn him the wrath of many
political supporters at home, but reportedly told aides that he
expected the PA to turn down this offer as well.
Sharon reportedly rejected the Saudi "peace" proposal, and
presented Bush with documents proving that the Saudis allocated
tens of millions of dollars for suicide attacks against Israel.
Itim News Agency's Yoram Levy, speaking from Washington, told
Arutz-7 that the Saudi Arabian issue "is a hot topic here. There
was widespread coverage of the Israeli evidence showing that the
Saudis paid for suicide killers. It is a sensitive issue, in light
of recent revelations of the Saudi involvement with Al Qaeda
together with their attempt to be portrayed as peace-loving."
Palestinian Red Crescent Out of Medicine, Supplies
By Lisa Schlein (VOA-Geneva)
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies said thousands of people left homeless by recent violence
in Palestinian territories are in urgent need of emergency medical
care. The organization is appealing for more than $1 million for
health care in the Palestinian areas.
The International Red Cross said the Palestine Red Crescent Society
has run out of medicines and medical supplies, and that it can no
longer carry out its primary health care and home-based programs
for sick and destitute Palestinians.
Red Cross spokesman Denis McClean says that during the past month,
the crisis has left thousands of people homeless. He said they have
not been able to get either emergency or regular public health care
in hospitals or clinics.
A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization, Fadela Chaib, said
the organization continues to have difficulty getting medical
supplies into the Palestine territories, noting that "40 emergency
health kits are still stuck in Amman. WHO is just trying to find a
way to transport them to the Palestinian occupied territories. But
since now, we did not succeed."
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