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WAR: Abbas Vows Punishment for Tel Aviv Bombing

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posted on Feb, 26 2005 @ 04:00 AM
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to track down those responsible for the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The bombing, the first since Arafat's death, killed 4 and wounded 50. Both Israel and the United States indicated that Abbas must act swiftly and with force if the truce is to be salvaged.
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas pledged Saturday to track down and punish militants responsible for a suicide bombing that killed four Israelis and wounded 50 people at a Tel Aviv nightclub. Palestinian security officials pointed to the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah as the apparent mastermind.

Israel and the United States said Abbas has to act quickly and forcefully — despite his long-standing reluctance to confront militants — if he wants to rescue a fragile Mideast truce.

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This is no doubt the first of many tests we are going to see from both sides. As I have said before elements on both sides of this issue have no vested interest in this peace as it essentially takes away thier reason for existence. The bomber has been identified as 21 year old Abdullah Badran, a college student who by all reports had no ties to militant groups. It is also unclear as to his affiliation however, many are pointing toward Hezbollah. Abbas must act and act fast otherwise we will be back where we started.

[edit on 2/26/05 by FredT]

posted on Feb, 26 2005 @ 04:17 AM

Israeli troops have arrested five Palestinians in connection with Saturday's suicide bombing outside a nightclub in the city of Tel Aviv.
Two of those arrested, in a village near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, are said to be the bomber's brothers.

Four people died and about 30 were injured in the blast, the first since Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed earlier this month to end violence.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to punish the perpetrators.

"The Palestinian Authority will not stand silent in the face of this act of sabotage," he said in a statement after meeting security chiefs.

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