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September 2, 2004
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The United States and the European Union condemned Tuesday’s bus bombings in Beersheba that killed 16 people. “We condemn these kinds of terrorist attacks in the strongest possible terms,” said Scott McClellan, President Bush’s spokesman. “There is simply no justification for the killing of innocent civilians.” The E.U.’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, said the attack “seriously undermines all efforts to find a solution to the Middle East conflict.” Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom placed the blame on Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. P.A. officials condemned the bombing.

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