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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
In pictures: Gaza City carnage
Palestinians have reacted with fury to an Israeli air attack on a crowded area of Gaza City which left at least 15 dead, including nine children.

Israel said the attack was targeted at Sheikh Salah Shahada - leader of the military wing of the Palestinian group Hamas.

Palestinians search in the ruins of a building hit by an Israeli jet strike
The missile attack took place just after midnight.

Palestinians gather at the site of several destroyed apartment buildings (Photo: AP)
In the morning Palestinians were horrified by the scenes of utter devastation.

Palestinian doctors treat a man, wounded by shrapnel  (Photo: AP)
About 140 people were injured in the attack.

Left picture: A Palestinian rescuer carries the body of a dead son of Sheik Salah Shedada, found in the rubble of destroyed houses. Right picture: Palestinian rescuers carry a dead child ( Photo: AP)
Local residents accused Israel of deliberately targeting innocent civilians.

Israeli PM Ariel Sharon
Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, congratulated his forces on the air strike, calling it "a great success".

 Members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (l) and the funeral procession (r) ( Photos: AFP)
Palestinian soldiers stood guard at the funerals of Sheikh Salah Shahada and other victims.

A Palestinian mourner carries a picture of Salah Shehade
Mourners carried pictures of the dead Hamas leader. The group has promised a bloody retaliation.

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