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Israel Missile Attack Kills One, Misses Targets

Aired August 26, 2003 - 19:16   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Israeli officials today said they regret the death of an elderly civilian during a missile attack just north of Gaza City.
The missiles were aimed at two Hamas militants who fled just before impact and the missiles disrupted talks between the Palestinian authority and militant factions.

CNN's Michael Holmes is in Gaza City tonight.

Michael, what's the Palestinian authority's reaction to the latest attack?

MICHAEL HOLMES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, it's been very stern, it's fair so say, Anderson. A statement released by the Palestinian authority essentially said that the attack was aimed at undermining Palestinian authority efforts to try to bring about a new cease-fire or, indeed, crack down on the militants of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The statement went on to say that any security measures now adopted by the P.A. would be viewed as collaborating with the occupier.

Now, this missile attack, the third in less than a week, Anderson, as you pointed out, it was aimed at a small white Reno (ph) which was just outside the Jabaliya (ph) refugee camp, a densely populated area. This was around rush hour, as well.

It would appear that those in the car, who included Halid al- Massoud (ph), who Israel says was a master rocket maker, got wind of the attack, perhaps heard the helicopters, got out, started running. The missiles struck the car, and Unisel Jamal Laouie (ph), a 65-year- old Palestinian going past on a donkey cart, was killed, 23 bystanders wounded, including six children aged from 9 to 14. The oldest of the wounded, 75.

Another dramatic and bloody incident in this ongoing conflict, Anderson.

COOPER: All right. Michael Holmes in Gaza City. Thanks very much, Michael.

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