Al Jazeera English
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2008
16:38 MECCA TIME, 13:38 GMT
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has described as “a masscre” Israel’s latest deadly incursion into the Gaza Strip which left 17 Palestinians dead.
At least 50 Palestinians were also injured in the military operation on Tuesday which had started the previous night while US president George Bush was in Saudi Arabia.
David Chater, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Jerusalem, said: “Apache helicopter gunships, armoured bulldozers, tanks and ground troops were all involved in this incursion.
“There are also reports of another incursion in the industrial zone near the Erez crossing.”
Peace bid ‘damaged’
He said the Gaza operation, in which Hussam al-Zahar – the son of Mahmoud al-Zahar, a former Hamas foreign minister – was also killed had severely damaged the peace efforts relaunched by Bush in the US city of Annapolis less than two months ago.
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