(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aaron Davis for Knight Ridder, 5/9/03): A missile attack yesterday killed a member of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and sent a fragile cease-fire up in smoke.
Hamas leaders who just days before had tentatively agreed to halt suicide attacks against Israel for two years vowed quick retaliation and called for “open battle against the Zionists.”
(6/10/03): An article published May 9 incorrectly stated that Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, which has launched numerous suicide attacks against Israelis, had tentatively agreed to a two-year cease-fire. At that time, some Hamas commanders had made such a tentative agreement, but it had not been approved by the Hamas political leadership. Hamas has since rejected any cease-fire.