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Palestinian President-elect Abbas Condemns Militant Attack on Border Crossing - 2005-01-14


Newly-elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned an attack by militants that killed six Israelis, as well as deadly Israeli raids in the occupied territories, as not benefiting the peace process.

The militant attack late Thursday was very bold, with gunmen bombing and shooting people at the Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel.

Three Palestinian gunmen were killed in the attack, and three militants groups have claimed responsibility. One of the groups, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, has ties with Mr. Abbas' Fatah faction.

Israel has responded by indefinitely closing all border crossings with Gaza, isolating the territory.

The move comes a week before a major Muslim holiday to celebrate the end of the 'hajj' or pilgrimage to Mecca -- a main tenet of Islam.

Information for this story is provided by Reuters and AP.

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