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Palestine Mourns over Israeli Massacre

By Prensa Latina

Gaza : The Palestinian National Authority declared on Wednesday three days of mourning and a general strike to protest the killing of 19 people by the Israeli army in Gaza, called a massacre by national leaders.

The incursion, which left over 50 wounded people, started at dawn, when several excavators destroyed agricultural areas outside Gaza, while the infantry, supported by armored vehicles and helicopters, burst into the Zaitun neighborhood and shot people at close range.

Witnesses said the Tsahal moved forward during the early morning with several tanks and bulldozers, destroying several buildings and crops in Gaza’s eastern area.

Palestinian ex Prime Minister Ismail Haniye and the Palestinian National Authority president called the operation a massacre and accused US President George W. Bush of encouraging Israeli aggression with his positions of support for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.