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29 November 2002

Powell Condemns Terror Attacks

(Responds to terrorist attacks on Thanksgiving Day) (260)
Secretary of State Colin Powell said November 28 "We condemn in the
strongest terms the horrific terrorist bombing earlier today in the
Paradise Hotel near Mombasa Kenya that killed at least eleven and
wounded dozens -- both Kenyans and Israelis. We also condemn in the
strongest terms the terrorist shooting at a polling station in Beit
Shean in which three Israelis were killed and many more injured."
Following is the State Department text:
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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Press Secretary
November 28, 2002
Remarks by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
Attacks in Mombasa, Kenya and Beit Shean, Israel
We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist bombing
earlier today in the Paradise Hotel near Mombasa Kenya that killed at
least eleven and wounded dozens -- both Kenyans and Israelis. We also
condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist shooting at a polling
station in Beit Shean in which three Israelis were killed and many
more injured. I want to extend my most sincere condolences and deepest
sympathies to the families of all the victims in these despicable
attacks and to the Kenyan and Israeli peoples. I encourage Israelis to
not allow this attack to dissuade them from exercising their
democratic rights and to vote in today's primary election.
We condemn the apparent attempt to shoot down an Israeli civilian
airliner near Mombasa. We call on the international community to do
everything possible to bring to justice those responsible for
committing or supporting these attacks.
We also call on the Palestinians to take immediate and sustained steps
to eradicate the infrastructure of terrorism and violence that has
wrought such tragic bloodshed.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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