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Middle East / Peace Moves / Hamas / Afula Bombing #729022

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 22, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Paris: Andrea Mitchell) The U.N. vote lifting economic sanctions on Iraq & White House efforts to arrange a Middle East summit meeting for President Bush with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon & Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen featured; scenes shown of Secretary of State Colin Powell arriving in France for the G-8 meeting; details given of the status of US-French relations. [POWELL - says the differences of the past are not forgotten & you take note of those who disagree with you.] [Middle East expert Martin INDYK†- says there has been intense pressure from British Prime Minister Tony Blair†† to deal with the anger in the Arab world.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Abu Mazen's first meeting with leaders of Hamas, which claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in the region, noted.

(Afula, Israel: Martin Fletcher) A moment of violence that is a microcosm of the Middle East featured; scenes shown from the Afula, Israel, shopping mall where a suicide bombing was carried out by a woman, Hiba Daraghmeh†, that severely injured an Israeli woman, Hadar Gitlin†. [Hadar's father Meir GITLIN†- {thru translator} says Hadar was delighted to go back to work.] [Mother Fatme DARAGHMEH†- {thru translator} says her daughter was an honor student.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Fletcher, Martin

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