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Helas
Sep 26th, 2004, 07:36 PM
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria accused Israel of terrorism after a bomb -- which Israeli security sources said Israel planted -- killed a Hamas official in Damascus on Sunday. Hamas vowed to retaliate. http://wwwi.reuters.com/images/mdf708543.jpg

"This terrorist act represents a grave development that Israel shoulders responsibility for, as it emphasizes its intention to shake security and stability in the region," the Syrian state news agency quoted an official source as saying.

A bomb killed Izz el-Deen al-Sheikh Khalil, 42, when he started the engine and an explosive charge under the driver's seat ripped through his SUV in the Az-Zahera neighborhood of Syria's capital, witnesses said. Three passers-by were wounded.

Palestinian sources in Gaza said Khalil was believed to be in charge of the group's military wing outside the Palestinian territories. Hamas sources in Beirut said he was a mid-level official. The Palestinian militant group vowed revenge. http://wwwi.reuters.com/images/mdf708594.jpg

Israel's Channel Two, citing unidentified security sources, said Israel was behind the car bombing.

"In off-the-record conversations there is confirmation that Israel is responsible for this morning's assassination of a senior Hamas official in Damascus," the television station said.

Were Israel to have carried out the attack, it would be a rare foray into Syria -- only the second in around 30 years.

A neighbor who identified himself only as Nabil said: "He (Khalil) said good morning to us like he does every day and then walked to his car.

"He got into the car and then the phone rang," Nabil said. After answering the phone, Khalil tried to start the car, he said. "We heard the explosion. We rushed toward his car and found him in pieces in the back seat."

The blast shattered windows in high-rise buildings and damaged a nearby car. A spokesman in Gaza for Hamas -- an Islamist group bent on Israel's destruction which has carried out dozens of suicide bombings in Israel -- said the killing was "a cowardly crime by the Zionist Mossad," a reference to Israel's spy agency.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6334440

Kiwi_Boy
Sep 26th, 2004, 08:18 PM
I am so sad for that indiscriminating (exept of course if their Jewish) murderer of innocent people. Not.
How many acts of terrorism has Syria been behind and supported? The numbers speak for themselves.
I find the double standards here on the behalf of the Syrian regime and the ignorant persons who are quick to point the finger of one sided condemnation of Israel humerous and disturbing. Syria hardly ever calls the murders conducted against Israeli children "cowardly" or even a crime. If they do, its all fake as they let the "criminals" operate from their "law abiding" land. Some people who bring up this situation have failed to bring up arab TERROR/MURDER attacks on Israelis. Why? Instead they hush up until it seems although Israel has done wrong, then they pounce and try to look like the defender of justice. Its not justice, its condoning murder on one side and condemning it for the other.

Was this however a murder? Or was this a just penalty and prevention of future crimes with fatal consequences, upon a GUILTY person who is PERSONALLY responsible for the MURDERS of INNOCENT people? After all Syria wasnt arresting him of murder, they just treted him like a hero...

treiber04
Sep 29th, 2004, 03:22 AM
:banana: As long as the Hamas members are dying I'm all for it :banana:

disposablehero
Sep 29th, 2004, 03:26 AM
Israel understands this sort of war better than the Europeans, and far better than the Americans. That is by necessity.