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I’m Bill Thompsn from the VOA news center in Washington. Israeli troops backed tanks and war planes fought fierce battle today with Palestinian militants near two northern Gaza towns in an effort to stop rocket attacks on southern Israel. At least 33 Palestinians were killed in Israel’s deadliest raid on the territory in more than a year. Palestinian hospital official say about half of those killed were civilians including at least two children. The others were said to be Palestinian militants. Some fear the violence could be railed the US-led peace effort. Secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to visit the region next week and US state department now confirm that she is out of Egypt to her itinerary. VOA David Galas has more.

 

“Rice is expected to meet Egyptian president Mubarak and foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Cairo next Tuesday in a newly added stop on the trip reflecting growing US apprehension over the situation in Gaza. Israeli airstrikes into Gaza retaliating for rocket firings into Israeli towns near the coastal strip have killed more than 30 people including Palestinian civilians along with militants in the last two days. Rhetorical exchanges between Israel and Hamas leader who controlled Gaza have also escalated with Israeli warnings of larger retaliatory actions including a possible ground offensive to quell the rocket fire. The Bush ministration rejects any dialogue with Hamas which is considered as terrorist organization though Egypt does speak to the group. US officials would like to see Egypt try harder to curb bomb smuggling. She flies later in the week to Brussels for a NATO foreign ministers meeting, likely to be dominated by discussion of Kosovo and Afghanistan. David Galas, VOA news, the state department.

 

The US decision to deploy naval vessels of the coast of Lebanon is drawing criticism from the pro-Syrian Hezbollah group. And Syrian former minister is also criticizing the deployment. He told reporters in Damascus that Washington is trying to derail a potential solution to the political stalemate in Beirut. US official would not say whether the shore forces is meant specifically for Syrian which Washington considers a destabilizing influence in Lebanon and other areas. After a six months decline civilian death in Iraq were up again in February and increase of 30% over January. The January civilian death toll was the lowest since last June when the United States sent 30,000 more troops to Iraq to quell a wave of sectarian violence. The Turkish military says all of its troops have now withdrawn from northern Iraq after a week-long assault on Kurdish rebels. The Turkey’s top military commander says the withdrawal was not the result of pressures from the US. General Nishar Bukinit told the Turkish newspaper was for purely military reasons. He says the troops have accomplished their mission against Kurdish rebels. Pakistani police have formally charged the top Taliban and Al-Qaeda-link leader with the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Police have filed preliminary charges against ? and four others in an anti-terrorist court. The Pakistani government and the US central intelligence agency have accused ? of plotting the December 27th gun and suicide attack on the former prime minister. One person has been killed and more than a dozen wounded in a suicide bomb attack today in north-western Pakistan. Authority says the bomber rammed his car into other vehicle one day after at least 40 people were killed in another suicide bombing in the region volatile Swap valley.

 

Armenian opposition leader LTP says he is under house arrest after police broke up an eleven day protest in the capital of Yerevan. Witnesses say hundreds of Armenian police swept through a ten city today beating protestors while clearing freedom square. However, later, hundreds of activists returned and resumed their protest. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il visited the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang today while the chief US negotiator on North Korea arrived in Beijing as efforts continue to resolve nuclear disarmament talks. Near Guatemala city, a crowded bus skied off a highway and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 45 passengers and injuring 15 others. Authority says speeding maybe the cause while Guatemala buses are frequently over-crowded and must navigate poorly-maintained roads. I’m bill Thompson, VOA news. More news on the internet at VOAnews.com.

 

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