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April 30, 2004
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The U.S. State Department updated its travel warning for Israel and the Palestinian territories. The statement, issued Wednesday, reads, “Statements have been made by Hamas elements and other terrorist groups threatening revenge against U.S. interests following the killing of Hamas leaders in Gaza, which could include kidnappings, although we have no information that these threats will be carried out at this time.” It also noted that Hamas has vowed revenge against Israel as well.

U.S. officials said they disagreed with Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. envoy to Iraq who said Israeli policies were “poisoning” the Iraqi transition. “We do definitely disagree with him,” Richard Boucher, the State Department spokesman said Tuesday. “We think it’s important to value the role that the United States has played in trying to get peace.”

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