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Vatican newspaper says latest Israeli raid imperils possible peace

The bitterness and hatred sown by the killing of civilians, especially children, will be much harder to overcome than the clashing territorial claims of Israelis and Palestinians, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has said.

The paper's comments came in a front-page editorial published with a news story on the July 23 Israeli missile attack on Gaza City. The military's target, Hamas militant leader Sheik Salah Shehada, was killed in the attack, along with 14 other people, including seven or eight children. Palestinian officials also said more than 140 others were wounded in the attack. While Israeli government officials said they regretted the loss of civilians lives, they claimed the operation was a success and a necessary step in preventing further terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens.

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