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Mid-East press condemns Gaza raid

Arabic newspapers have roundly condemned an Israeli army raid in Gaza on Wednesday in which at least eight Palestinians were killed. Some commentators suggest it could have been carried out to derail a peace initiative by Egypt.

One daily forecasts the attack will trigger a Palestinian response, appearing prescient following Thursday's blast in Jerusalem, thought to have been a suicide bombing.

A leading Israeli newspaper also calls to account the country's military over the raid, lamenting what it sees as a precipitate readiness to open fire.

Cheap blood! ... The Palestinian massacre is part of [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon's daily policies. Killing the innocent is deeply rooted in the Zionist mind.

Al-Riyadh - Saudi Arabia

What is the pretext for carrying out such a large-scale operation at a time when the Palestinian-Israeli arena has witnessed two weeks of tranquillity, especially from the Palestinian side? Is it meant to stir up a new wave of violence? It is not strange that this comes at a time when there are Egyptian-US efforts to resume the peace process.

Al-Quds - Palestinian territories

Gaza's massacre message - the latest Israeli crimes in Gaza came at a time of Egypt-US diplomatic activity. Sharon's government is aware its current crimes are bound to get reactions from the Palestinians.

Akhbar al-Arab - United Arab Emirates

What happened in Gaza constitutes an episode in the series of Israeli terrorist escalations. It is a bitter intensification of the US degeneration that sees nothing but Palestinian reactions to the crimes. Sharon would not have done what he did yesterday if he was not supported by the Bush administration's logic that made this corrupt mass murderer a revered statesman.

Commentator in Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah - Palestinian territories

It was not surprising Israeli forces yesterday raided al-Zaytunah village in Gaza, spilling the blood of eight Palestinian martyrs, at a time when Egypt was carrying out a commendable effort to ease the situation. This is not the first time that the radical and racist Sharon government has tried to scuttle an Egyptian peace initiative, and it will not be the last... Those supporting Israel should shoulder the responsibility of what is happening in the occupied lands, of the massacres which are being committed by the Israeli forces on a daily basis.

Al-Jumhuriyah - Egypt

The dry account provided by the army said an armoured force entered the al-Zaytunah neighbourhood in Gaza early yesterday morning. With a kind of collective shrug, the killing is excused as something self-evident in the circumstances of war. But lately, there is a growing impression that the army's finger is too quick on the trigger. The IDF must provide a more serious explanation about the unnecessary deaths left behind after its operations.

Ha'aretz - Israel

The time has come for the international community and the US in particular, given the stubbornness and disregard of Israel towards international law, to move in and put an end to the crimes being committed by Sharon.

Al-Ittihad - United Arab Emirates

Destroying peace efforts. Peace - which is based on truth, justice, regaining land, removing settlements and the racist wall - is a peace that does not agree with the aggressive, arrogant Israeli mentality.

Al-Jazirah - Saudi Arabia

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