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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 11:55 GMT
Israel Arab charged for club bomb
Aftermath of Tel Aviv bombing
The blast has failed to throw tentative peace moves off course
An Israeli Arab has been charged with murder for his role in a suicide bomb attack that killed five Israelis at a Tel Aviv night club last month.

Ashraf Qaisi reportedly confessed to helping smuggle the bomber from the West Bank using his Israeli nationality and Israeli-licensed car.

He also confessed to buying insecticide used to make explosives, Israeli security sources are quoted as saying.

Mr Qaisi was detained a day after the bombing on 25 February.

The indictment against him was published after the authorities lifted a ban on reporting his arrest.

Correspondents say the bombing stalled momentum in tentative peace moves following an Israeli-Palestinian summit. But a truce has largely held since then with Israeli forces pulling back forces from occupied areas of the West Bank.

Israelis of Palestinian origin - known as Israeli Arabs - comprise about 20% of Israel's population.

They broadly support the Palestinians in the occupied territories, but have avoided in the violence that has raged since 2000.

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