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Israel "Sorry" for Children's Killing: Air Raids to Continue PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 June 2006 22:28
Israel "Sorry" for Children's Killing: Air Raids to Continue

CBC News - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert apologized Thursday for recent military airstrikes that killed several Palestinian civilians.


Olmert 'sorry' civilians killed in airstrikes

Last Updated Thu, 22 Jun 2006 08:55:59 EDT
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 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, left, shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, centre, and Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday. (Moshe Milner/Associated Press/Israeli Government Press Office) At least 13 Palestinian bystanders have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the past week, including two people in a Gaza house on Wednesday and three children in Gaza the day before.

Olmert said he felt "deep regret for the death of innocent Palestinians."

"It is against our policy and I am very, very sorry," he added.

Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shakedi, the Israeli air force commander, said on Thursday that airstrikes against Palestinians would continue and blamed the number of bystanders killed on militants operating in densely populated areas.

Olmert's comments came after he and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met informally on Thursday, with both sides promising a future meeting while being vague about the details.

Olmert and Abbas were at a breakfast hosted by Jordan's King Abdullah during a conference of Nobel Prize laureates in Petra.

It was the first time the two had met in a year. Since that time, Olmert's new Kadima party has won Israeli parliamentary elections, while Abbas's Fatah faction lost control of the Palestinian legislature to the anti-Israel extremist group Hamas.

They shook hands, embraced and kissed each other on the cheek before being seated at a table that included Nobel laureates the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.

An official for Abbas said a more formal meeting between the two would come in the next two weeks.

Olmert nodded to reporters afterwards when asked if he would meet Abbas again, but said serious negotiations are unlikely while the Palestinian Authority is controlled by Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 June 2006 22:28

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