Sunday, June 11, 2006

Israel Threatens Assassination of Hamas Leaders

The Israeli defence minister has hinted that Israel may renew its assassination policy against Hamas leaders - even those in government - after the Islamist group ended a 16-month-old truce by firing 25 rockets and mortar bombs at Israel. Asked by reporters at a base in southern Israel about targeting Hamas officials, Amir Peretz said: "We will definitely act against any organisation or element that is planning operations.

However, what Israel fails to mention is that the truce was broken by Hamas after seven people were killed, including a mother and her three little children on a Gaza beach on Friday, when Israeli artillery shelled the area. At least 20 people were also wounded in the attack.

Amir Peretz said he sent a condolence message to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, "expressing deep regret at the bloodshed on the beach" but said a military probe into the cause of the explosion would be completed only in a day or two.

Read full Aljazeera article here.

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