Thursday, October 10, 2002

Suicide Bomber Kills One and Injures 12 in Israel
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Islamist group Hamas had promised to retaliate for Israeli incursions this week in the Gaza Strip that left 18 Palestinians dead. Two more Palestinian youths, aged 12 and 18, died this morning, Palestinian hospital officials said, shot by Israeli forces during a raid into the Rafah refugee camp, on the border with Egypt.

The Israeli government did not announce any immediate action in response to today's bombing. But David Baker, an official in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said that Yasir Arafat's Palestinian Authority was doing nothing to stop the attacks. "Israel has become a democracy under the gun," he said. "These attacks have not ceased."

Palestinian officials accused Mr. Sharon of provoking the violence.