Reported by CNN
President Bush said Monday after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that conditions do not yet exist for peace in the Middle East "because no one has confidence in the emerging Palestinian government ."
The two met Monday for the sixth time, just hours after Israeli forces made a new incursion into the West Bank town of Ramallah...
CNN reporters at the scene said at least a dozen tank shells were lobbed into a building used by Palestinian security. They said Israeli troops were going across the city, blowing down doors and making arrests.
The IDF called the incursion a "short operation" aimed at arresting a list of Palestinian terrorist suspects and rooting out hidden "explosive laboratories, bomb factories and weapons caches."
In additonal West Bank operations, IDF forces arrested nine "wanted Palestinians" in sweeps through Beit-Awa, west of Hebron; Azun, east of Qalqilya; and Zeita, north of Tulkarem. Israeli security forces took the detainees in for questioning, according to the IDF.
Twenty-five Palestinians were taken to a hospital early Monday after an explosion rocked a house in Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said. Palestinian police and residents said it was likely that the explosion occurred while someone in the house was making bombs.
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Also reported in the Israeli press today:
- 2 explosives-filled cars were caught by the IDF in Ramallah
- A wanted Palestinian terrorist was captured while riding inside a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance.
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Once again, another day in the newly "reformed" Palestinian territories. Things will be "different" now for sure...