Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Peace Be With You

Water stained with blood filled the street where the shells landed (Photo - AFP)

At least 18 Palestinians have been killed and 40 wounded by Israeli tank fire in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, Palestinian sources have said. Palestinian officials said a barrage of tank shells hit civilian homes, and women and children were among the dead.

The shelling was condemned across Europe and the Middle East. The European Union expressed "profound shock", and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference accused Israel of war crimes. More than 60 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier were killed in a week-long operation that Israel says was aimed at stopping militant rocket fire into Israel from Gaza.

If this is what we can expect in the way of peaceful progress in the Middle East, then don't count on getting a good night's sleep anytime soon...


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