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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Timing of Israeli "air blitz" on Gaza purposeful

Message to terror summit in Damascus
DEBKAfile’s military sources: Israel’s air blitz over Gaza Monday timed for first-time “terror summit” of Palestinian Jihad Islami and Hamas leaders attended by Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah representatives that took place in Damascus – not Lebanon as some reported.

IDF was warning all present of consequences should Hamas leader Khaled Mashal and Jihad Islami leader Ramadan Shalah carry out resolution to launch first joint campaign of suicide attacks and mass-casualty strikes in Israel.