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Press sorrow and anger over Qana
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There is worldwide press condemnation of the Israeli bombing of Qana, with one Lebanese daily writing that the village witnessed the opening of the gates of hell.

In Israel, one commentator admits to feelings of shame at the raid, but others are uneasy at the suspension of air strikes for 48 hours and the possibility of a ceasefire.

Papers in Iran and Iraq appeal to Muslims to go to Lebanon and wage jihad against Israel and its perceived allies, the US and the UK.

LEBANON'S AL-ANWAR

The gates of hell have been opened... Lebanon is the hundreds of victims. Lebanon is the thousands of wounded.

GHASSAN TUWAYNI IN LEBANON'S AL-NAHAR

Lebanon rejects being classed as a base for "terrorism"... We also reject the treatment of Israel as a squad of international police assigned to combat terrorism.

NAHUM BARNEA IN ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

The generals can cover themselves with their own interpretation of international law or the licence Defence Minister Amir Peretz granted them. My face is covered with shame.

ALEX FISHMAN IN ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

The prime minister's decision to stop air operations in southern Lebanon is puzzling. It halts the momentum and the process of wearing down Hezbollah and in effect starts a ceasefire process in conditions that are the least propitious for Israel.

ISRAEL'S HAARETZ

The unfortunate bombing in Qana is not just "another bombing"... Hopefully, this event will not stop the process of forging a diplomatic arrangement for ending the war.

HAGAY HUBERMAN IN ISRAEL'S HATZOFE

International voices will repeatedly demand that Israel arrives at an immediate ceasefire. Here the prime minister's staying power will be needed. It is possible to hope and believe that he will withstand this.

DAVID HOROVITZ IN ISRAEL'S JERUSALEM POST

The pressure is mounting on Israel to cease fire, amid the certainty that a halt to hostilities at this stage amounts to almost unequivocal victory for Hezbollah and leaves Israel's vital goals far from fully realized.

SYRIA'S AL-THAWRAH

Is this the beginning of the new Middle East propagated by the USA? Will the doors of this Middle East be opened by massacres?

EGYPT'S AL-AHRAM

The Qana attack is a new flagrant violation alongside Israel's repeated violations of international law and humanitarian conventions. It is a war crime that should be punished.

PALESTINIAN AL-QUDS

Where are the leaders of Europe, especially Jacques Chirac, who turned the world upside down after the two Israeli soldiers were captured? Where are they after this new massacre?

HASAN AL-BATAL IN PALESTINIAN AL-AYYAM

If this war can abate in a week or two, then why did Washington not stop it at the Rome conference? The destruction that has been wreaked is Washington's responsibility.

ABD-AL-BARI ATWAN IN PAN-ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI

Israel is not the only country responsible for the Qana massacre. The US and its Arab allies, especially the Egypt-Saudi-Jordan triumvirate, are also responsible.

KHAMIS AL-RUBAY'I IN IRAQ'S AL-DUSTUR

If you are eager for jihad, as you claim, let us take a pledge and head to where the Jews are attacking our brothers in Lebanon and Palestine.

IRAN'S KAYHAN

These days brave young Muslims are ready to be sent to Lebanon and the governments should let them go there. They can make the Zionists insecure within their own countries by attacking Zionist centres and the embassies of pro-Zionist countries like America and the UK.

PAUL KRUGMAN IN NEW YORK TIMES

The hard truth is that Israel needs, for its own sake, to stop a bombing campaign that is making its enemies stronger, not weaker.

LI DAOSHENG IN CHINA'S WENHUI BAO

The US is on the one hand tolerating the military actions of Israel, and on the other, launching humanitarian aid for Lebanon, which gives people the feeling that it is playing a "murderous game".

ALEKSANDR REUTOV IN RUSSIA'S KOMMERSANT

Israeli soldiers cannot understand how, in three weeks of war, one of the best armies in the world has not been able to get the better of several hundred militants. Most servicemen are blaming the politicians.

SPAIN'S EL PAIS

The delicate situation in the Middle East has become even more complicated. Israel has responded... to Hezbollah without thinking, by means of a massive bombardment.

GERMANY'S SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

The attack may stop a political development which could have led to a ceasefire as early as this week. The favourable moment when moderate forces in Lebanon could have gained in strength side by side with the UN has passed.

FRANCE'S LIBERATION

The kind of tolerance which Israel enjoyed from the international community is exhausted.

AUSTRIA'S DER STANDARD

Qana is a key event - one which is increasing the pressure on Israel to agree to a ceasefire but which is at the same time strengthening Hezbollah.

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