ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 22, 2004
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.
(Gaza City: John Yang) The reaction to Israel's killing of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin featured; scenes shown of the funeral procession in Gaza, the bloody killing site, clashes on the West Bank, women brandishing machine guns, security in Tel Aviv & protests in Arab capitals. [Hamas leader Abdel Aziz RANTISI- says revenge will not be enough.] [Israeli cabinet minister Uzi LANDAU- likens Yassin to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.] [Council on Foreign Relations, Mideast Forum, Judith KIPPER- assesses Yassin's influence in death & life.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The vow of retaliation against Israel & the US introduced.
(State Department: Jonathan Karl) The backlash against the US examined; scenes shown from Arab TV where guests spoke out against the US; Hamas statement against the "terrorist American administration" quoted. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN - says Hamas is a terrorist organization.] [British foreign secretary Jack STRAW- calls the assassination unjustified.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Further coverage on "Nightline" noted.