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Middle East / Israelis vs. Palestinians / Yassin Assassination #771546

FNC Evening News for Monday, Mar 22, 2004
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(Studio: Shepard Smith) Israel’s assassination of Sheik Ahmed Yassin†, founder of the militant group Hamas, reported. [Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan SHALOM†- says the attack was a message to all who would commit terrorist attacks on Israel.] [Palestinian lawmaker Hanan ASHRAWI†- says the attack is an example of Israeli lawlessness.]

(Gaza City, Gaza: Mike Tobin) The attack on Yassin featured; details given about Yassin’s background; scenes shown of the bloody killing site and funeral procession in Gaza.

(Studio: Shepard Smith) Statements by White House spokesman Scott McClellan regarding Yassin’s assassination noted. [McCLELLAN†- says Israel has a right to defend itself but all parties must keep in mind the consequences of their actions.]

(White House: James Rosen) The US and worldwide reaction to Israel's killing of Yassin featured; scenes shown of protests in Egypt. [State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER†- says today’s attack increases tension and doesn’t help progress towards peace.]

(Studio: Shepard Smith) Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge’s response to a threat from Hamas, that they will attack the US, reported. [RIDGE – says the US must take the threat seriously.]

Smith, Shepard;
Tobin, Mike;
Rosen, James

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